Exhibitors were apprehensive before the opening in late October of the prestigious 21st International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show. They were not sure what to expect in terms of sales this year because of the economic turn down. Anna Haughton, co-organizer of the fair, said after the fair closed that sales had been better this year than in the most recent past. According to Ms. Haughton, “Some dealers have said they’ve seen clients they haven’t seen in two or three years.”
Especially pleased with the sales at the fair, Ali and Hicham Aboutaam of the New York and Geneva branches of Phoenix Ancient Art, described the activity at their booth as “feverish.” The Aboutaams had six different bidders for a unique Roman marble figure of a draped woman dating back to the 1st-2nd century AD. They had strong sales for other pieces as well, , including a 5th century BCE oinochoe (wine jug) head-vase in the shape of the head of Aphrodite, which sold for $300,000, and an early 2nd century AD Roman bust of a matron that sold for $120,000.