Sotheby’s London to Offer Magnificent Nineteenth Century Life-Size Marble Sculptures

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LONDON.- Sotheby’s London is to offer perhaps the most magnificent nineteenth-century sculpture to appear at auction in recent years. Chioma di Berenice (Berenice’s Tresses) by Ambrogio Borghi (Italian, 1849-1887) comes to the market from a Private Belgian Collection, and will spearhead Sotheby’s sale of 19th and 20th Century Sculpture on Tuesday, 17 May 2011. Estimated at £300,000-400,000, Berenice stands at just under three metres tall on her original, revolving base, and is in exceptional condition. Until recently, Borghi’s masterpiece was known to scholars only in the form of a lively clay bozzetto and a plaster model. The marble version has remained in a specially constructed alcove in a private Brussels residence for over one hundred years, following its purchase at a local auction in 1904. Chioma di Berenice was exhibited at Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878, together with three other works by th