All that glitters really is gold as most precious metal goes on sale
IT IS the most prized of all precious metals, yet an auction devoted entirely to gold has never been attempted, until now.
Sotheby’s “Midas Touch” collection, which goes under the hammer next Wednesday, includes a gold lead-on-wood panel by the artist of Yves Klein, which carries a guide price of up to £1.2m.
The auction house describes the work as betraying an “ethereal flutter of gold” which “provides viewers with a transcendental and exponential experience of infinity”.
A bust of the fashion model Kate Moss in solid 18-carat gold by Marc Quinn, and an 19th century French liqueur set with an elephant motif, also forms part of the cache, which went on display yesterday in a preview event.
Constantine Frangos, in charge of the 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.”
A Buddhist gold figure from the late seventh or early eighth century is expected to fetch up to £100,000, while a more modern set of bedding – comprising four pillow cases, a flat sheet and duvet cover – is priced at £50,000. The set is spun in 24-carat gold thread and silk damask.
GOLDEN TOUCH: Top, A bust of Kate Moss in solid 18-carat gold by Marc Quinn, and other objects, above, on show as part of the Midas Touch auction, dedicated entirely to gold, Sotheby’s, London