Ancient Roman Bronze Foot Top Lot At Bonhams Antiquities Sale

An ancient Roman Bronze Sandaled foot, circa 2nd Century A.D, sold for a remarkable £200,000 at Bonhams Antiquities sale in London today, Wednesday 28th November, beating its pre-sale estimate of £10,000. The detailed bronze foot, shown wearing a Greek trochades sandal, known to be a traveler's sandal, is all that remains of the once monumental statue. The 205-lot sale made a total of £1,214,750.

Bonhams Head of Antiquities, Francesca Hickin, said "The Roman bronze sandaled foot is a significant artifact encapsulating the ancient Roman naturalistic style. We are delighted with the impressive result it achieved and the results of the sale as a whole."

An Egyptian basalt bust of an official, late Period, late 26th Dynasty-30th Dynasty, circa 550-334 B.C also performed extremely well. With an estimate of £40,000-60,000, it sold for £137,500.

Other highlights from the sale include:
• An Egyptian limestone sculptor's model of a pharaoh bust. Sold for £50,000 after an estimate of £10,000-15,000.
• An Anatolian Bronze Wagon model with Oxen sold for £50,000.
• Two Egyptian fragmentary papyri from Oxrhynchus 2. Estimated at £10,000-15,000 achieved an impressive £43,750.
• An Egyptian granite fragment from a statue base. Sold for £32,500.
• An Egyptian granodiorite tall cylindrical jar sold for £30,000.


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