Artifact sold for lower price than the estimate in ten times

Goblet. 4th−3d centuries B.C. The Near East. The epoch of the Persian Achaemenid Dynasty. Gold. 137,0. Estimate more £500 000. Lot sold for £50 000. Duke's. Silver, Jewellery and Plate, Textiles, Rugs and Furniture Sale. Dorset, June 5–6

On June 5–6, Duke’s auction house held the sales named Silver, Jewellery and Plate, Textiles, Rugs and Furniture Sale. Gold goblet in a form of two human masks connected together and decorated with twisted snakes in hair was represented. The goblet was dated to the IV−III centuries B.C.

Organizers of the auction sales assumed that the ancient artifact would be sold by auction for no less than £500 000. Unfortunately, the goblet was not estimated exactly and the lot was sold for price lower the estimation. The lot was sold by auction for £50 000.

Notably, the 70-year-old British John Webber found out this goblet in the shoe box of his grandfather who died in 1945. John Webber’s grandfather was the dealer of metal. Grandson does not know how his grandfather got this goblet.

After preliminary expert examination, according to the advice of representatives of the British Museum Webber sent the goblet for examination to the research centre in a sphere of physics of atomic nucleus and atomic energy Harwell in the Oxford University. As a result the gold vessel proved to be true. It was made in the Near East IV−III centuries B.C. in the epoch of the Persian Achaemenid Dynasty. After that examination Weber decided to put the goblet up for sales.

By the time of auction the owner of the goblet had not received the definitive answer to a question whether this small vessel was original. However, John Webber said that he was completely satisfied with the result of the auction sales.

Published in: on September 12, 2008 at 9:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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