Thursday, January 1, 2015

Rare menorah sells for thousands one month before Hanukkah

From Jonathan Greenstein's collection of Jewish antiquities.
UKRAINE---An 18th-century menorah made in Ukraine sold during November for $100,000 (£64,000). The rare religious artefact was sold by a collector of Judaica, Jonathan Greenstein, in the run up to Hanukkah. According to Greenstein, who specialises in Jewish antiques and art, a menorah is not just used for the ceremony, but is also a popular collectible item, with some selling for huge amounts of money. The collector also stated that demand for Jewish items has soared during the last ten years, saying that the older and more beautiful the piece is, the more it will sell for. Experts say that Jewish antiques and art from the 18th and 19th centuries have a high demand, although newer menorahs made by a reputable silversmith will also be popular with collectors. [link]