R900 000 for garden ornament
A BRONZE Egyptian sculpture from an American man’s garden that he almost let an antique dealer take for $3 000 (R22 800) a few years ago has sold at auction for $118 000.
The 1.2m tall sculpture of a woman carrying a water vessel on her head was in the garden when the man bought his house in Cleveland 40 years ago, The Plain Dealer reports.
Research showed that the piece was created in 1931 by Egyptian sculptor Mahmoud Mokhtar (1891–1934), whose works are the subject of an entire museum in Cairo. He is considered the father of modern Egyptian sculpture.
One of his most famous works is Egypt’s Renaissance.
Kelly Grimm of the Cleveland Auction Company says only the sculpture itself knows how it wound up in the garden.
The auction house sold it on October 25 for $100 000, plus an $18 000 auctioneer’s commission.
The seller and buyer have asked to remain anonymous. – Sapa-AP
UNLIKELY FIND: This 1.2m tall sculpture of a woman carrying a water vessel on her head sold for $118 000.