Antique Helmet Sells for Vast Sum

Antiques certainly never go out of style.  In recent news, a detailed Roman parade helmet sold at Christie’s auction house in London for 2.28 million pounds ($3.6 million). Estimates had been set at 200,000 to 300,000 pounds.

Christie’s described the helmet as an “extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith” and dated it to the late 1st or 2nd century A.D.  The helmet has been named the Crosby Garrett Helmet for the village where it was found, near the Scottish border.

Certainly, this is one exciting example of how precious and valuable antiques are to many people today.  Companies like Phoenix Ancient Art with Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam understand the value of an item of this sort, and antique appreciation is growing in the general population as well.

Eclectic Mix at the Biennale des Antiquaries

In a recent article by Simon Hewitt titled “Defining Chic” in  Art & Auction Magazine, Mr. Hewitt gave a detailed overview of the Biennale des Antiquaries that took place at the Grand Palais in Paris from September 15-22.  This year’s  event pared down the number of exhibitors  from 94 to 87,  and included 13 new exhbiitors.

He described the broad  mix of material at the fair:  “The Biennale is nothing if not eclectic. Highlights range from a 3rd- to 2nd-century B.C. Hellenistic bronze equestrian figure of Alexander the Great at Phoenix Ancient Art, of Geneva and New York, to “Renaissance of Yiddish Culture,” a show of Kiev-based artists at the booth of the Paris and Tel Aviv gallery Le Minotaure.”