Results Our sale of Antiquities held on 12 December comprised 49 lots, of which 43 were sold. Nearly 60 percent of the sold lots realized hammer prices higher than their high estimates, and nearly 30 percent within estimates. The total net sales for the entire auction exceeded the presale high estimate by half a million dollars, making it one of our most compact and successful auctions. Our sale met and exceeded our consignors' expectations more than any Antiquities sale held worldwide this year, and with the highest average lot value.
Auction Details The Antiquities sale on December 12 is particularly strong in Classical and Egyptian sculpture, including a Roman marble head of the goddess Artemis which was featured on the cover of our February 1971 sale, a late Hellenistic marble figure of a satyr holding a wineskin once in the collection of Baron Maximilian von Heyl, Saint Gallen, a Hellenistic marble group of a god and goddess formerly in the Borghese collection, a very graceful Hellenistic marble figure of Aphrodite, and an Egyptian diorite bust of a priest of the Temple of Mut at Karnak, probably Nes-ptah, son of Mentuemhat , mayor of Thebes in the 7th Century B.C. Among the other highlights is a fine Greek red-figure calyx krater attributed to the Phiale Painter, until recently only known through a drawing from 1848.