Published: December 4, 2018
LARCHMONT, N.Y. — Fine art routinely commands robust prices at Clarke Auction Gallery, so it is of little surprise that topping its December 2 auction was a marble sculpture, “Odalisca,” by renowned Italian sculptor Cesare Lapini (1848-1893), whose female figures are highly coveted by collectors. The 53½-inch tall sculpture easily soared past its $6/9,000 estimate, attracting eight phones, three in house bidders and much online action. “The action was hot and heavy on the floor and the phones until about $30,000, then it moved to the phone and Internet till $40,000,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “After that, two Internet platforms fought it out, with the lot finally hammering at $50,000, which is $62,500 with the buyer’s premium.” A complete report on the auction will appear in an upcoming edition. For more information, www.clarkeny.com or 914-833-8336.
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