“The Guennol Lioness” Ancient Statue at Sotheby’s Auction: $18 mn

An Update: The Guennol Lioness, Mesopotamian sculpture gold sold for $57 mn at New York on 6 December.

Identified as the Guennol Lioness, an antique granite figurine of a majestic lioness with over 8 centimeters (3 1/4 inches) tall is expected to fetch $18 million at Sotheby’s in New York on 5 December.

The sale is organized by Steel Baron’s heir. The sale would follow the auction of Bronze Horse head (10 mn), Buddha statue (3.3 mn – 4.5mn) and Bond’s ball ($5, 00,000).

In 1948, this 5,000-year-old statue was conquered by private collector Alastair Bradley Martin and since then it was placed at the Brooklyn Museum. As per Sotheby’s, this effigy is expected to arrive from primeval Mesopotamia (Iran).


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