goddess sculpture sets world auction record
8] NEW YORK (AP) -- A bronze sculpture of the Roman goddess Artemis
fetched $28.6 million Thursday at auction, a world-record auction
price for a sculpture of any period, Sotheby's said.
"Artemis and the Stag," dating from the first
century B.C. to first century A.D., was purchased by London art
dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi on behalf of a European private collector,
Sotheby's spokeswoman Lauren Gioia said.
A bronze sculpture of the Roman goddess Artemis brought $28.6 million
at auction on June 7. The price, including seller's commission,
is the highest ever paid at auction for a sculpture from any era,
according to Sotheby's spokeswoman Lauren Gioia.
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The price included the seller's commission. The
previous auction record for a sculpture was $27.4 million, for a
marble version of Constantin Brancusi's modernist "Bird in Space."
It was sold in 2005 at a Christie's auction in New York.
Eskenazi was on hand to make the winning bid _
far exceeding Sotheby's pre-auction high estimate of $7 million.
The sculpture was sold by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo,
N.Y., to raise funds for other art purchases.
Sotheby's catalog described the 36-inch-high
bronze as "one of the finest large Classical bronze figures in America
today ... certainly the most splendid to appear on the market in
It depicts the goddess of the hunt in billowing
gown just after shooting her bow. Her arms are gracefully outstretched
and she's flanked by a small stag.