Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bargain hunt Buddha pays off for retiree when sold for $14,000 at UK auction

By Martin Fricker
Windfall: This car boot purchase turned out to be an 18th century sculpture
UNITED KINGDOM---A Tibetan sculpture bought at a car boot sale by a pensioner has been sold for £9,500 at an auction. The 6.5 inch high statue turned out to be an 18th century Sino Tibetan gilt-bronze sculpture of the multi-armed Hayagriva, a Tantric Buddhist deity , and his consort. The figure went into auction at John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst, West Sussex, on December 4 and sold for more than 2,000 times the amount the pensioner paid for it. [link]