Mysterious ancient helmet battles to €77,000
Mysterious ancient helmet battles to 77,000
From a group of 17 helmets, this 5th century BC relic far-exceeded its 10,000 estimate in Munich
A number of exceptional historic militaria artefacts have sold in Hermann Historica's auction of Antiquities from the Axex Guttmann Collection and Other Properties.
The German auction house'sspring sales between April 7-16 areofferinga broad variety of fine antiques, arms and armour, hunting gear, militaria, and arts and crafts.
Among the star lots at the April 12 sale was this halcidian helmet, an Ibero-Celtic variant, from the 5th century BC.
The Bronze hemispherically-shaped skull has riveted reinforcing bands along the perimeter, withmask-shaped andreinforced eye cut-outs.
It sold in an excellent state of preservation - without the typical deep corrosion caused by a salty environment because the helmet had not been unearthed.
Thehalcidian helmet, an Ibero-Celtic variant, from the 5th century BC
The historic artefactshot well beyond its pre-sale estimate of 10,000 tocommand a final hammer price of 77,000.
However, while its value has been proven on the auction block, mystery still surrounds the helmet's origins.
It belongs a group of 17 helmets, which were discovered in a cliff deposit presumably in the Spanish province of Soria (Castille-Leon). To this day, the helmet's type and date are not precisely known.
The Axel Guttmann Collection apparently acquired the helmet in Zurich, circa 1987-88.
According to Hermann Historica, it has previously sold six other helmets from the group.
Prices and dateswere as follows: 25,000 and 19,000 (both April 2008); 30,000 and 35,000 (both April 2009); 38,000 and 43,000 (October 2009).