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Christie’s December 2009 Auctions

is set to sell hundreds of exquisite and exotic items worth tens of millions of dollars in a series of auctions this week in New York City.They range from jewels and sculptures to books and maps. Many are from private collections and have rarely, if ever, been up for bid.The most valuable piece is a 39 carat diamond estimated to be worth as much as $5.5 million.Other highlights include a bronze sculpture of an Egyptian lion-headed goddess known as Wadjet and a six-volume atlas in Latin by Dutch
Posted 9 Dec 2009

Christie’s is set to sell hundreds of exquisite and exotic items worth tens of millions of dollars in a series of auctions this week in New York City.

They range from jewels and sculptures to books and maps. Many are from private collections and have rarely, if ever, been up for bid.

The most valuable piece is a 39 carat diamond estimated to be worth as much as $5.5 million.

Other highlights include a bronze sculpture of an Egyptian lion-headed goddess known as Wadjet and a six-volume atlas in Latin by Dutch cartographers Willem and Jan Blaeu, who mapped the world in the 1600s.

Potential buyers can bid online or in-person.

Click ahead for a detailed look at the eight most unique items on sale at Christie’s beginning today.

Maps of the World: Six-Volume Atlas in Latin

Estimated Value: $350,000-$500,000Christie’s Lot # 6Auction Date: December 9, 2009404 maps by cartographers Willem and Jan Blaeu. Bound in red morocco with gold trim. Part of a collection of more than 300 rare books on exploration from The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels.
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Estimated Value: $350,000-$500,000
Christie’s Lot # 6
Auction Date: December 9, 2009

404 maps by cartographers Willem and Jan Blaeu. Bound in red morocco with gold trim. Part of a collection of more than 300 rare books on exploration from The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels.

Art Deco Diamond Bracelet

Estimated Value: $100,000-$150,000Christie’s Lot # 201Auction Date: December 10, 2009Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet from 1925, featuring five old-European-cut diamonds on a diamond foliate band mounted in platinum. One of 10 pieces in the auction owned by a “distinguished private collector”.
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Estimated Value: $100,000-$150,000
Christie’s Lot # 201
Auction Date: December 10, 2009

Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet from 1925, featuring five old-European-cut diamonds on a diamond foliate band mounted in platinum. One of 10 pieces in the auction owned by a “distinguished private collector”.

Greek Bronze Winged Helmet

Estimated Value: $150,000-250,000Christie’s Lot # 103Auction Date: December 11, 2009From the 4th Century B.C., this Greek bronze Phrygian-Chalcidian type helmet includes a spiked crest and plaque of an Eagle. From the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Newhall III.
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Estimated Value: $150,000-$250,000
Christie’s Lot # 103
Auction Date: December 11, 2009

From the 4th Century B.C., this Greek bronze Phrygian-Chalcidian type helmet includes a spiked crest and plaque of an Eagle. From the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Newhall III.

Antique Painted Kylix (Drinking Cup)

Estimated Value: $250,000-$350,000Christie’s Lot # 97Auction Date: December 11, 2009Considered a stunning example of work from The Colmar Painter, an Athenian cup painter, with illustrations on two sides. Referred to as an Attic Red-Figured Kylix, this item dates back to 490 B.C. From the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Newhall III.
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Estimated Value: $250,000-$350,000
Christie’s Lot # 97
Auction Date: December 11, 2009

Considered a stunning example of work from The Colmar Painter, an Athenian cup painter, with illustrations on two sides. Referred to as an Attic Red-Figured Kylix, this item dates back to 490 B.C. From the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Newhall III.

Portfolio of Masterpiece Indian Paintings

Estimated Value: $200,000-300,000Christie’s Lot # 200Auction Date: December 9, 200925 hand-colored lithographs, reproducing the works of artist George Catlin’s masterpiece. Officially titled Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio: Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. These are duplicates of works originally produced by Catlin in London.This portfolio was produced in the U.S. by artist R. Craighead in 1845. From the Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Vo
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Estimated Value: $200,000-$300,000
Christie’s Lot # 200
Auction Date: December 9, 2009

25 hand-colored lithographs, reproducing the works of artist George Catlin’s masterpiece. Officially titled Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio: Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. These are duplicates of works originally produced by Catlin in London.

This portfolio was produced in the U.S. by artist R. Craighead in 1845. From the Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels.

Egyptian Lion-Headed Goddess Sculpture

Estimated Value: $150,000-250,000Christie’s Lot # 27Auction Date: December 11, 2009Bronze statue of the Egyptian goddess Wadjet dating back to the 4th or 3rd Century B.C. From the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Newhall III.
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Estimated Value: $150,000-$250,000
Christie’s Lot # 27
Auction Date: December 11, 2009

Bronze statue of the Egyptian goddess Wadjet dating back to the 4th or 3rd Century B.C. From the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Newhall III.

Cameo Portrait of Constantine the Great

Estimated Value: $150,000-$250,000Christie’s Lot # 470Auction Date: December 11, 2009Late Roman Sardonyx portrait showing bust of the emporer in three layers: tan on white on brown. This ancient piece of jewelry is from the early 4th Century A.D.
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Estimated Value: $150,000-$250,000
Christie’s Lot # 470
Auction Date: December 11, 2009

Late Roman Sardonyx portrait showing bust of the emperor in three layers: tan on white on brown. This ancient piece of jewelry is from the early 4th Century A.D.

The Evening Star 39 Carat Diamond

Estimated Value: $3,600,000-$5,500,000Christie’s Lot # 210Auction Date: December 10, 2009Magnificent pear-shaped diamond pendant, mounted in platinum. Known as a D-Color Golconda gem, this stone is from same mines in India where the famous Hope Diamond and Wittelsback Diamond were discovered. The Evening Star is the highlight of ten exceptional jewels from a “distinguished private collector”. A separate diamond necklace and matching earrings complete the set and can be purchased separately.
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Estimated Value: $3,600,000-$5,500,000
Christie’s Lot # 210
Auction Date: December 10, 2009

Magnificent pear-shaped diamond pendant, mounted in platinum. Known as a D-Color Golconda gem, this stone is from same mines in India where the famous Hope Diamond and Wittelsback Diamond were discovered. The Evening Star is the highlight of ten exceptional jewels from a “distinguished private collector”. A separate diamond necklace and matching earrings complete the set and can be purchased separately.