Chiparus' Almeria sculpture auctions for $410,500

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2015-06-26 13:19:31

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Chiparus' Almeria sculpture auctions for $410,500

Demetre Chiparus' rare and iconic Almeria sculpture graced the block at Bonhams on June 19

Demetre Chiparus' rare and iconic Almeria sculpture graced the block at Bonhams London on June 19.

The jazz-age piece made 265,250 ($410,586), selling securely within its 200,000-300,000 estimate.

Chiparus statue art decoChiparus sought-after art deco statues encapsulate the spirit of the roaring twenties

Probably modelled on celebrated Polish ballerina Bronislava Nijinska, the circa 1925 bronze and ivory sculpture is one of a mere five extant examples.

Before Bonhams' decorative arts auction,Mark Oliver, director of decorative arts, commented: "Almeria is probably in the top three most desirable Chiparus figures ever produced and one that is rarely available at auction."

In November 2012, Dolly Sisters, a similarly eye-catching Chiparus sculpture sold for 277,250 (439,446) - a 38.6% increase on its 200,000 high estimate.

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