Sotheby’s New York Sale of Antiquities Exceeds $17 Million

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Marble Group of Three Satyrs Fighting a Serpent is the only Ancient Sculpture Confirmed to Have Been in ‘il Magnifico’s’ Collection. Sold to an anonymous private buyer for $3,442,500, more than six times the high estimate of $500,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- In a packed salesroom at Sotheby’s on Saturday
June 12th, 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.