Egypt Independent

Sotheby and Christie’s auctions go head to head selling ancient Egyptian artifacts on 3rd July



 

Christie’s and Sotheby’s British auction houses are set to go through fierce competition on July 3, auctioning off ancient Egyptian artifacts on the same time and day.

Sotheby’s auction will be selling the artifacts under the name “Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art”. The most prominent and pricey of their collection is an ancient limestone statue of the scribe Nakht-Ankh, which dates back to the twelve and thirteen dynasty around 1800 – 1700 BC, with an estimated price of £1,000,000 to £1,500,000.

The auction also offers a multicolored wooden mummy mask dating back to the 21st and 22nd dynasties, circa 1075-1716 BC. The mask is estimated to be between £100,000 and £150,000.

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The auction also displays a colored mural made of limestone from the 18th Dynasty, which was inscribed during the reign of Amenhotep I/ Thutmose III, around 1514-1479 BC. The value of its frescoes range between £120 and £180.

A wooden portrait for a mummy girl from Rome during Emperor Trajan’s rule (27 January 98 – 8 August 117 AD), estimate worth £60,000 to £90,000, is another highlight of the auction.

 

Sotheby’s auction features many small-sized Pharaonic statues, including a statue of an Egyptian Bronze figure of the Amun family from the 22 and early 26th Dynasty, dating from 946 to 600 BC. The statue is valued between £7,000 and £10,000.

The auction also displayed an Egyptian stone statue of a woman dating back to the first half of the 12th Dynasty, from 1850 to 1838 BC. The statue is estimated to be between £18,000 and £22,000.

A statue of the head of a man from the 12th Dynasty Amenemhat III was also presented in the auction, dated 1818-1772 BC, with the estimated price of the statue ranging from £7,000 to £10,000.

It also included a Roman marble head of Sarapis, dating back to the first century AD.

 

Meanwhile, Christie’s auction sells Ancient Egyptian artifacts under the name of “Ancient Arts and Antiquities “. The first look at their collection is Egyptian fossil limestone jar dating back to the early 1st and second dynastic period to be sold at £ 4000 to £ 6000.

Christie’s auction displayed an Egyptian anorthosite gneiss bowel, from the first and second dynasties, dating back to 3000 – 2650 BC at an estimate value of  £5000 to  £8000.

Egyptian terracotta female figures dates back to the 12th dynasty with, price range £6000 to £8000 are another highlight of the auction. An Egyptian wood duck-shaped cosmetic vessel dating back to the 18 dynasty is also set to be sold.