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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 Ma´tre Guy Loudmer. The sale of 119 lots totaled more than 57 million francs.



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