The auction where all that glitters
THIS is someone’s golden chance to pick up some of the most unusual items to go under the hammer, including a sculpture of Kate Moss’s head.
In the first auction devoted entirely to gold items at Sotheby’s, the Midas Touch sale comes as demand for the precious metal is growing among collectors from Asia, Russia and the Middle East.
Some of the most striking items include the likeness of the supermodel, entitled Song Of The Siren, which has an estimate of £300,000 to £400,000.
Also on offer is a 1977 Ferrari 512, which will set the buyer back between £350,000 to £450,000 when it goes under the hammer this Wednesday. The online sale will run until Friday.
Also on sale will be a Baccarat Elephant Cave A Liqueur, a French gilt-bronze mounted cut-crystal, which was created for, or just after, the 1878 Exposition Universelle de Paris, and which has an estimate of £250,000 to £400,000.
Constantine Frangos, head of the Midas Touch sale, said: “In this first ever sale dedicated entirely to gold, we show the true splendour and versatility of this precious metal, as well as man’s obsession with it over the centuries.
“The lots in the sale, which span all the major collecting categories, from decorative arts and paintings to cars, jewellery and photography, show how the appeal of gold has endured.”
Golden locks...sculpture of Kate Moss’s head, entitled Song Of The Siren
24 carat... items for auction at Sotheby’s next week include a gold 1977 Ferrari 512, above, and a golden liqueur set made by French company Baccarat, left