The 21st edition of the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show at the Park Avenue Armory wrapped up in October. This yeara??s show included 65 exhibitors and a new energy for admiring and purchasing antiques and other art that had not been seen in recent years.
Phoenix Ancient Art, owned by Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam, displayed a breathtaking torso of a nude male youth in Roman black basalt. The piece dates from the late 1st century AD and was priced at $8 million. There was certainly interest in the piece, both from collectors and museums, according to gallery co-owner Hicham Aboutaam.
Other art dealers included Apter-Fredericks of London, London book dealer Bernard Shapero, New York antiques dealer Ariadne Galleries and many others. The show was a great success and was enjoyed by all present.