Roman Imperial Marble Torso of an Emperor Sells for $7.4 million at Sotheby’s

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NEW YORK, NY.- In a packed salesroom at Sotheby’s this afternoon, a Marble Torso of an Emperor (probably Augustus, Tiberius or Claudius), Roman Imperial, Julio Claudian, 1st Half of the 1st Century A.D., surpassed all expectations, selling for a remarkable $7,362,500, more than six times the high estimate of $1.2 million. At least seven bidders in the room and on numerous telephones pursued the stunning piece, which was from an Austrian family collection. The salesroom erupted in applause when an anonymous bidder, participating over the telephone, cast the winning bid. The Marble Torso of an Emperor was included in a sale of Antiquities which totaled $17,479,940 (est. $3.2/4.8 million), the highest total for a sale in this category at Sotheby’s since December 2007. Of the lots that sold in today’s sale, nearly 90% achieved prices at or above their estimates. The same Austrian family collection that consigned the