R900 000 for gar­den or­na­ment

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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.

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