Sotheby's 3 June auction of Antiquities totaled $6,389,875, nearly doubling the pre-sale high estimate. Highlights from the sale include a Middle Kingdom anhydrite kohl vessel, a fragmentary but majestic Ptolemaic basalt figure of a falcon and a long-lost monumental Roman marble bust of Zeus or Asklepios, all of which far exceeded their high estimates.
Our sale on June 3 includes a number of remarkable objects, some with very interesting histories. Among the Egyptian objects are a Middle Kingdom anhydrite kohl vessel unique in form, with a secondary jar carved in one piece on top of the lid, a fragmentary but majestic Ptolemaic basalt figure of a falcon, and an imposing 26th Dynasty alabaster canopic jar inscribed for Princess Tasheretenaset, daughter of King Amasis. The classical objects include a long-lost monumental Roman marble bust of Zeus or Asklepios, reproduced in 1784 by Vincenzo Pacetti, and by many others since, an unusual and impressive Roman marble sarcophagus discovered in Rome in 1828 by the 1st Duke of Buckingham, a very rare Roman marble portrait head of a boy formerly in the collection of Baron Maximilian von Heyl (1844-1925), a fine Etruscan bronze cista handle once belonging to the distinguished dealer Joseph Brummer, and a rare Neolithic stone figure of a goddess formerly in the Charles Gillet collection.