Thursday, December 06, 2007
Mesopotamian sculpture sells for record 57 million dollars
Wed Dec 5, 8:36 PM ET
A tiny and extremely rare 5,000-year-old white limestone sculpture from ancient Mesopotamia sold for 57.2 million dollars in New York on Wednesday, smashing records for both sculpture and antiquities.
The carved Guennol Lioness, measuring just over eight centimeters (3 1/4 inches) tall, was described by Sotheby's auction house as one of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilization remaining in private hands.
"It was an honor for us to handle The Guennol Lioness, one of the greatest works of art of all time," Richard Keresey and Florent Heintz, the experts in charge of the sale, said in a joint statement.
"Before the sale, a great connoisseur of art commented to us that he always regarded the figure as the 'finest sculpture on earth' and it would appear that the market agreed with him," they said.
Five different bidders, three on the telephone and two in the room, competed for the sculpture. The successful buyer was identified only as an English buyer who wished to remain anonymous.
@ Yahoo News
57,200,000 BUCKS! That's a chunk of change!
Why would anyone want to pay that sum of money for a tiny sculpture from the cradle of civilization? How many lives could have been saved from starvation, how many schools could use more books? How much money does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Sorry off topic but the main point of amassing a fortune seems to be to enable the purchase of more 'priceless' antiquities and trinkets to show your financial prowess.
Hey pal, you cannot take it with you where you are going and 95% of the population does not care how much money you have, in fact there is much resentment(like mine) for the money grubbers and their amassed fortunes. So you have servants and personal slaves to wipe your nose when you sniffle? So what?
With the relentless pursuit of money comes a downside, thieves, blackmailers, kidnappers and all kinds of unscrupulous characters trying to take your money away from you.
More trouble than it is worth if you ask me. But then I'm just Po-Folk, and you know what?, as long as I can pay my bills, eat well, and have a few toys, I'm OK with that.
That way I don't have to trip over all my Ferrari's in the driveway.