Sotheby's (London)

Important Medieval works of art, Renaissance and Baroque bronzes and other European sculpture (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby’s, London, 11 December 1986)

London, Sotheby's, 1986
(27 cm), 146 (8) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 376 lots. List of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Highlight of the sale was the “Middleham jewel”, a lozenge-shaped gold and sapphire pendant dating from Richard III’s time, found on 2 September 1985 by amateur treasure hunters along a footpath between Jervaulx and Coverham abbeys. Alter an inquest, it was declared non-treasure trove, and consigned to Sotheby’s, where it was sold for £1.43m. A national appeal to prevent its export ended in success in 1991, when the anonymous purchaser agreed to accept an offer of £2.5m. ¶ Annotated copy.