The second Literati / Curiosity auction captured the imagination of both seasoned and new collectors from all parts of the world. The innovative format, which saw the first offerings of Old Masters and African Art, drew strong interest as collectors explored the possibilities of owning part of this cabinet of curiosity. The top lots were every bit as diverse as the sale itself, with the Sui Dynasty Head of a Bodhisattva and a Rubens drawing selling to an Asian collector, and the crowd-attracting Mammoth Skull fetching five times its estimate.
This season's cabinet of curiosity is populated by a large cast of malformed ancient stones and wooden stumps, beasts from a distant past including the massive skull of an erstwhile Mammouth, numerous gods for the most part limbless or headless, a formidable cast of three ecorches unleashed on us by Rubens and many other curious things formed by nature or man spanning millions of years to the present day. To complement these, we are presenting a small but rich selection of contemporary art.