Press Release  December 21, 2018

Highlights from Sotheby’s Important Judaica and Israeli Art Auctions

Sotheby’s annual December auctions of Important Judaica and Israeli & International Art concluded yesterday in New York with a combined total of $5.5 million. From important manuscripts to ceremonial silver and fine art, below is a look at what drove the results:

A Historic Scroll Illustrated by Ze’ev Raban
Courtesy Sotheby's

A Historic Scroll Illustrated by Ze’ev Raban, in an Original Bezalel Silver Case, Presented to the Hakoah Vienna Football Club, Jerusalem, 1924
Estimate $60/80,000
Sold for $112,500
Sotheby’s New York, Important Judaica, December 19, 2018

Emmanuel Mane-Katz, Wedding
Courtesy Sotheby's

Emmanuel Mane-Katz, Wedding, oil on canvas
Property from a Distinguished Private Collector
Estimate $100/150,000
Sold for $112,50
Sotheby’s New York, Israeli & International Art, December 18, 2018

An Exquisite Parokhet (Torah Ark Curtain)
Courtesy Sotheby's

An Exquisite Parokhet (Torah Ark Curtain), Italy, 1755
Embroidered in a variety of stitches, including laid and floss stitch and bullion (work raised metal couch stitch) on royal blue silk ground with multicolored, bright silk threads, as well as gold and silver metallic threads
Property of a Private Collector
Estimate $100/150,000
Sold for $125,000
Sotheby’s New York, Important Judaica, December 19, 2018

Mordecai Ardon, Untitled
Courtesy Sotheby's

Mordecai Ardon, Untitled, painted late 1960s, oil on canvas
Property of a Private Collector, Florida
Estimate $60/90,000
Sold for $75,000
Sotheby’s New York, Israeli & International Art, December 18, 2018

An Extremely Rare Medieval Torah Scroll from Spain
Courtesy Sotheby's

An Extremely Rare Medieval Torah Scroll from Spain
Sold to Support the Charitable Endeavors of Yeshiva Zichron Shraga
Estimate $200/300,000
Sold for $250,000
Sotheby’s New York, Important Judaica, December 19, 2018

Yosl Bergner, Kushan (The Deed)
Courtesy Sotheby's

Yosl Bergner, Kushan (The Deed), oil on canvas
Property from the Firon Collection, Israel
Estimate $120/180,000
Sold for $162,500
Sotheby’s New York, Israeli & International Art, December 18, 2018

Sefer Ets ha-Hayyim (Book of the Tree of Life)
Courtesy Sotheby's

Sefer Ets ha-Hayyim (Book of the Tree of Life), Rabbi Hayyim Vital, with Autograph Notes of Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz, [Ashkenaz], 1741
Estimate $250/350,000
Sold for $325,000
Sotheby’s New York, Important Judaica, December 19, 2018

Yaacov Agam, Pace of Time (Time Step), 1966
Courtesy Sotheby's

Yaacov Agam, Pace of Time (Time Step), 1966,  oil on aluminum
Property from a Private Collection, Florida
Estimate $30/50,000
Sold for $68,750
Sotheby’s New York, Israeli & International Art, December 18, 2018

A Rare and Large Hungarian Parcel-Gilt Silver Set of Torah Crown and Pair Of Finials
Courtesy Sotheby's

A Rare and Large Hungarian Parcel-Gilt Silver Set of Torah Crown and Pair Of Finials, Johannes Mathias Roth, Budapest, Late 18th Century
Estimate $150/250,000
Sold for $187,500
Sotheby’s New York, Important Judaica, December 19, 2018

Nahum Gutman, Chariot and Horses
Courtesy Sotheby's

Nahum Gutman, Chariot and Horses, oil on canvas
Property from a Private Collection, Herzliya
Estimate $18/22,000
Sold for $72,500
Sotheby’s New York, Israeli & International Art, December 18, 2018

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