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Paris Sale Sets New Record for African Art
by Roswitha Erbslöh

PARIS - The byéri (Fang Betsi) is considered a masterpiece of african sculpture. Estimated at around 3 million francs, the statue (40 cm high, 45 cm with the base) was purchased by a european collector for 5.5 million francs (1.1 million dollars) on 20 June at a sale at the Hotel Drouot Montaigne, setting a new world record for a male figurine reliquary from Northern Gabon. An enthusiastic crowd of international dealers and collectors attended the sale organized by Maļtre Guy Loudmer. The sale of 119 lots totaled more than 57 million francs.



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