Terrifying Mixtec mosaic mask could scare collectors into parting with $150,000

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2015-06-26 12:34:40

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Terrifying Mixtec mosaic mask could scare collectors into parting with $150,000

The beautiful but alarming piece is one of the best examples to go on sale in years

Ancient Resource LLC will conduct its 10th Ancient Artifacts auction on Saturday, Oct. 1, commencing at 10 a.m Pacific Standard Time. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

Once again, the Southern California-based company with a global following will present a fine selection of ancient art spanning from Old Kingdom Egypt to the Grand Tour era. More than 425 lots will be auctioned, with items for collectors of all cultures and media.

"Perhaps as important," said Ancient Resource LLC's owner, Gabriel Vandervort, "are our opening price points, which in the case of more than 90 percent of our lots is the reserve, and start as low as $100. In fact, almost half of our items in this auction have opening prices of $250 or less."

The premium end of the market is also well represented with items such as lot 401, one of the nicest Mixtec masks to hit the market in years. Lot 88, an oversized bronze Osiris leads off the Egyptian assortment, while lot 268, a vine-pattered vessel exemplifies the Greek section.

Mixtec mosaic maskMixtec mosaic mask, c. 1000 AD (Est. $100,000-$150,000)cedar wood with turquoise, malachite, obsidian and other ornamental stones.

A fine limestone portrait of a prince (Lot 339) shows off excellent Roman workmanship. Byzantine is represented in lot 336: a wonderful gold glass medallion; and the modern era is more than covered by lot 379, a magnificent plaster/stucco head of the Egyptian king Osorkon III.

Vandervort said he expects a record number of bidders for this important sale. Early registration is encouraged for the auction which takes place in Glencale, California.

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