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Marble Head of Ganymede Up for Sale at Sotheby’s

A Roman Marble Head of Ganymede, circa 1st Century AD (estimate £250,000-350,000)
(Courtesy: Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Upcoming Auction of Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art on November 29, 2017 in London will feature a spectrum of objects from Classical Greece and Rome to Ancient Egypt and the Near East.

The estimates of the lots range from £800 to £400,000 with highlights such as a Roman marble head of the divine hero Ganymede dating back to 1st century AD. It is the only known copy of a lost Classical Greek original sculpture with an estimate of £250,000-350,000. Apart from this, a late Eastern Mediterranean, Roman/early Byzantine marble sigma-shaped table with relief border depicting the birth of Aphrodite and a Marine Thiasos are also up for auction. With an estimate of £400,000-£600,000, this is one of the rare tables with relief-decorated borders. It has never been tampered with and the fragments have never been joined together. It reflects magic, fertility, love, and success. A 2nd century AD Roman black marble herm head of Hermes (estimate £35,000-£45,000) and a fragmentary onyx cameo of Athena Parthenos, circa 1st century AD or later r (est. £12,000-£18,000) are also part of the sale.

Sotheby’s has been in the art market business since 1744. It became the first international auction house when it expanded to London from New York in the year 1955. It was also the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong in 1973, India in 1992, and France in 2001. It opened the first international fine art auction house in China in the year 2012. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries, and is the oldest company listed on New York Stock Exchange (BID).

The lots will be on view from November 25 through 29, 2017 at Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA, UK.

For details, visit: www.sothebys.com/en.html

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.