A Greek Bronze Bull with long tubular body, splayed legs, long neck, and long tapering horns canted upward, ca. 7th Century BCE, 2 1/4" tall. Ex: Christos G. Bastis collection. Published: Antiquities from the collection of Christos G. Bastis, catalogue of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. new York, 1987, no. 87 illus. Intact and in excellent condition. Article from Antiquities.net: Christos Bastis Collection Sells for $9M+. The personal antiquities collection of the late Christos G. Bastis demonstrated once again that strong demand for quality, provenanced ancient art. The 166-piece collection, auctioned by Sotheby's New York on Thursday, December 9, 1999 sold for more than $9-million dollars, including the 15% buyers premium. That's a whopping average of $54,000 per object! Bastis, a Greek native who came to America at age 18 and became a successful and innovative New York City restauranteaur, purchased his first antiquity in 1941. He is said to have collected with beauty as the main criterion and possessed a sharp and discerning eye.
He displayed some of his objects in the renowned Sea Fare of the Aegean on West 56th Street. He regularly loaned his best objects to special exhibitions, and to the Brookyln Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The objects at auction ranged from a bronze fibula of collared dog, dating to the 7th/6th Century BC, which was hammered down at $950 (estimate $300-500), to a magnificent polychrome sandstone head of King Amenhotep I, the 18th Dynasty Egyptian ruler that sold for $1,050,000 (excluding buyer's premium). Other star performers included a striking black basalt Egyptian head of a man of the late 26th/early 27th Dynasty which was hammered down at $700,000 (estimate $100,000-150,000); a green schist head of the goddess Selket of the 26th Dynasty which brought $525,000 (estimate $125,000-175,000); and a stunning Greek bronze figure of a warrior, circa 530-520 BC, which brought $350,000 (estimate $200,000-300,000.) The Christos Bastis collection was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum in New York from November 20, 1987 to January 10, 1988. In conjunction with the exhibition, a major catalogue entitled "Antiquities from the Christos G. Bastis Collection" was published. This wonderfully documented and illustrated volume will forever provide all of us with the ability to share in the important legacy of Christos Bastis, one of the great antiquities collectors and art patrons of our time.