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  • Chiparus' Almeria sculpture auctions for $410,500
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Chiparus' Almeria sculpture auctions for $410,500

Demetre Chiparus' rare and iconic Almeria sculpture graced the block at Bonhams London on June 19.

The jazz-age piece made £265,250 ($410,586), selling securely within its £200,000-300,000 estimate.

Chiparus statue art deco
Chiparus’ sought-after art deco statues encapsulate the spirit of the roaring twenties

Probably modelled on celebrated Polish ballerina Bronislava Nijinska, the circa 1925 bronze and ivory sculpture is one of a mere five extant examples.

Before Bonhams' decorative arts auction, Mark Oliver, director of decorative arts, commented: "Almeria is probably in the top three most desirable Chiparus figures ever produced and one that is rarely available at auction."

In November 2012, Dolly Sisters, a similarly eye-catching Chiparus sculpture sold for £277,250 (439,446) - a 38.6% increase on its £200,000 high estimate.

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