Christie’s Classic Week Online totals $13.4 million

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Jacob de Backer (Antwerp c. 1555-c. 1585), The Liberation of Saint Peter, oil on canvas. Estimate: $80,000-120,000. Price realized: $399,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.
Jacob de Backer (Antwerp c. 1555-c. 1585), The Liberation of Saint Peter, oil on canvas. Estimate: $80,000-120,000. Price realized: $399,000. © Christie’s Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- A Roman marble bust of a goddess circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. achieved the top price of the Ancient Art from James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, selling for $300,000. Additional top lots included a Roman marble portrait bust of a man, circa mid 2nd century A.D., that totaled $250,000, and a Roman marble portrait bust of the Empress Crispina as Omphale, circa late 2nd century A.D., which sold for $237,500, against an estimate of $70,000-90,000.

Antiquities
Sale Total: $1,952,500

Earning the top lot of Classic Week was a Greek Bronze Corinthian Helmet, Archaic Period, circa 525-475 B.C. which sold for $855,000, against an estimate of $300,000-500,000. An Attic Black-Figured neck-amphora and lid attributed to the Bareiss Painter, circa 530-520 B.C., achieved the second top lot in the sale selling for $137,500, above its estimate of $40,000-60,000.

Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection Part II
Sale Total: $1,260,625

Achieving the top lot part II of the renowned G. Sangiorgi Collection was a Roman Carnelian Ringstone with a Portrait of The Empress Sabina (circa 130 A.D.), which sold for $250,000, against its estimate of $10,000-15,000. Other top lots include a Roman gold and carnelian finger ring with Apollo, circa 1st Century B.C., which sold for $106,250, and a Roman carnelian ringstone with mercury, circa 1st Century A.D. which totaled $100,000, above an estimate of $8,000-12,000.

European Art
Sale Total: $1,186,875

Leading the European Art sale was At the Fountain by Henryk Siemiradzki and studio, which sold for $375,000. A notable result was achieved for Sérénade au clair de lune – Venise by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, which produced the second highest price in the sale at $225,000, surpassing the estimate of $80,000-120,000.

Selections from the Library of Lorenzo H. Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science, and Literature
Sale Total: $648,125

A first edition Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, 1859, led the Selections from the Library of Lorenzo H. Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science, and Literature sale achieving $200,000. Additional top lots of the sale include Colored Issue of Antiquities of Mexico, Viscount Kingsborough, 1830-48, which sold for $81,250, and Manuscript copy of Historia de las Indias, Diego Durán, c. 1830s, which realized $52,500, against a low estimate of $18,000.

The Open Book: Fine Travel, Americana, Literature and History in Print and Manuscript
Sale Total: $2,727,875
The sale was led by The original art for Led Zeppelin’s debut LP by George Hardie, 1969, and The first dated printing of the Star-Spangled Banner, sold by the American Antiquarian Society to benefit the Collection Acquisitions Fund, both of which sold for $325,000. Additional notable results were achieved for The Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon, 1845, which realized $300,000, against a low estimate of $120,000 and On the victory at Yorktown, which sold for $137,500, against a low estimate of $40,000.

Old Masters Paintings and Sculpture
Sale Total: $2,954,125

The top lot of the Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sale was the large-scale work The Liberation of Saint Peter by Jacob de Backer, which sold for $399,000, surpassing the estimate of $80,000-120,000, achieving the highest price for an Old Master Painting sold online. Other top works from Northern European artists included a Head of Christ, Netherlandish School, first quarter of the 16th century, which sold for $162,500, and Saint George and the Dragon, Antwerp School, circa 1520, which totaled $125,000.

Strong results were achieved for sculpture for a Limoges parcel-gilt enamel copper oval plaque depicting a soldier on horseback by Jean or Joseph Limousin, 16th-century, which sold for $225,000, and a late 15th / early 16th century white marble relief of the Virgin and Child, which achieved $100,000.