All that glit­ters re­ally is gold as most pre­cious metal goes on sale

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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.

PIC­TURES: PA WIRE.

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

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