Guennol Lioness Fetched Highest Price for Sculpture

Guenno Lioness

Guennol Lioness

Here is a statue sold at Sotheby’s in New York.  It is a three-inch-tall ancient limestone sculpture of a lioness that sold for $57.2 million in December 2007. The statue, known as the Guennol Lioness, is 5,000 years old and originates from Mesopotamia, where it was discovered not far from Baghdad in the early part of the 20th century by archeologist Sir Leonard Woolley. The winning price almost doubled the previous high that had been paid for a sculpture, and was three times the pre-sale estimate of the piece’s value.

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