An ivory of the Virgin and Child enthroned, made in Paris between 1250-1280, was sold at auction for $8.547.979 (US) earlier this month, a record price for a medieval art object.
The ivory was sold by Christie’s Paris auction house on November 16th to art dealer Sam Hogg, who was working on behalf of a private client. The medieval art piece was expected to bring in between €1-2 million.
The ivory, which stands 38cm high, was one of 24 lots from the descendant of Jean-Joseph Marquet de Vasselot (1871-1946), the former curator at the Louvre and director of the Cluny Museum.
The entire auction raised over $12.5 million, including a Byzantine ivory scuplutre of the crucifixion, which sold for $778.315.