Guennol Lioness Mesopotamian Sculpture Fetches $57 mn

A miniature and awfully rare 5,000- year-old white sandstone sculpture from ancient Mesopotamia got sold for $57.2 mn in New York. The breaking sale of the sculpture has set a record in the industry of artistic creation of sculpture and antiquities. Featured above is a Guennol Lioness that is over eight-centimetres tall and has bagged the tag of being the one of the last known magnum opus from the dawn of civilisation residual in private hands.

Before the prospective customers could start making bid for the sale of this great connoisseur of art, a pool of praises was around declaring it to be the ‘finest sculpture on earth’ taking it for granted that the market agreed with him. Counted five bidders were battling for the sculpture, three on the telephone and two in the room. The proud English buyer wishes to stay anonymous. The holder and now seller of this masterpiece sculpture is a benevolent trust recognized by the family of Alastair Bradley Martin, a former chairman of Brooklyn Museum who tagged this sculpture to his name around 59 years ago.

The record-breaking sale managed to break the previous record of the highest price paid for a sculpture that stood at $29.1 million for the Sotheby’s for Picasso’s “Tete de Femme (Dora Maar)” during last month.
Via Reuters

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