29 octobre 2009

Sotheby's Auctioning Russian Rarity Discovered in Arizona

Peter the Great: a rare russian award portrait miniature with diamonds, early 18th century. Height 3 1/2 in. 8.9 cm. Est. 80,000 - 120,000 USD. photo Sotheby's NEW YORK, NY (AP).- A miniature portrait of Czar Peter the Great in a diamond-encrusted frame — owned for decades by an Arizona family that didn't realize its historic significance — is going on the auction block. The rare Russian treasure will be offered Monday at Sotheby's. Its presale estimate is $80,000 to $120,000. The estate of the original owner,... [Lire la suite]