The Garden of the Sphinx statues that a builder once fixed to the ground with CEMENT and which were seen as replicas auctioned off for nearly £ 200,000 after turning out to be genuine ancient Egyptian artifacts
- Used as garden ornaments, the statues were believed to be 18th or 19th century remakes
- The owners of the Suffolk statues auctioned them off ahead of a move
- Auctions started at £ 200 and rose to £ 195,000 when it turned out that they were artefacts from Ancient Egypt, likely over 5,000 years old.
- Sculpted stone statues are now expected to be on display in a museum
Two stone sphinx statues believed to be replicas turned out to be genuine ancient Egyptian artifacts and sold for almost £ 200,000.
The owners of the statues, from Clare, Suffolk, purchased the objects fifteen years ago and believed they dated from the 18th or 19th century.
Eager to sell the statues when they moved, the owners went to have them appraised and sold to a local auctioneer.
The carved sphinx statues were initially thought to sell for between £ 300 and £ 500 when Sudbury’s Mander Auctioneers first estimated their price.
The statues have a human head on the body of a lion. They were initially thought to fetch between £ 300 and £ 500 at auction and their owners believed they were replicas.
They were in very poor condition as they were used as garden ornaments and had become covered with moss.
A builder had also fixed them to the ground with cement and had repaired them in the past.
But at an auction on October 9, owners were shocked at the prices offered by bidders.
The ornaments were found to be from ancient Egypt and are probably over 5,000 years old, according to the metro.
Auctions started at £ 200 but people quickly started offering sky-high sums of money for the statues after 15 minutes and they sold for £ 195,000.
The price they chose allowed them to set a new house record for the highest bid at the auction house.
Auctioneer James Mander said: “The auction quickly reached £ 100,000, then seemed to stagnate, until the hammer finally fell to £ 195,000 for an international auction gallery, setting a new record Of house.
Mr Mander said: “It has been an exciting day at the auction.
“These are one of the more expensive lots to sell at a provincial auction this year.”
They should now be on display in a museum, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
It was discovered that the pair of statues are ancient Egyptian and are probably over 5,000 years old. They sold £ 195,000
What are the Egyptian sphinxes and what do they represent?
Sphinxes are mythical creatures that have the heads of a human, a hawk, a cat or a sheep. They have the body of a lion with the wings of a hawk. Egyptian sphinxes are usually depicted as a man. They were seen as benevolent but with a fierce force similar to the malicious Greek version. Egyptian sphinxes were considered guardians and often flank the entrances to temples.
The sphinxes represent a human head on the body of a lion and symbolize strength