Bidders determining values of ancient artifacts Nov. 24

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In an expanding venture to expose curious collectors to own pieces of history, Minerva Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is hosting a sale of ancient artifacts titled ‘Ancient Arts from the Americas,’ where objects dating from 1100 B.C to 1550 A.D., as well as decorative antique objects will be sold in a live online setting Nov. 24 beginning at 11 a.m. EST.

polychrome vessel

Mixtec royalty polychrome vessel, Puebla, Mexico, circa 1200-1500 AD. Estimate $4,000-$6,000. Photo courtesy Minerva Gallery

The sale offers a large range of ancient objects catering to beginning collectors living on a limited budget, as well as many objects for the very serious and seasoned collector. Highlights include a scarce collection of ancient necklaces from the ancient cultures of South America to the Conquest era; Olmec objects, rare pre-classic stone masks, Maya figurines, Peruvian bottles, Anasazi bowls, ancient Costa Rican pendants, pottery, weaponry and more ancient art objects spanning a period of 3,000 years.

Some of the objects of interest in the sale include an extremely rare Mixtec polychrome vessel (estimate $4000-$6,000) that once belonged to royalty from the Cholula/Puebla region of Mexico. A large pre-Columbian Colima dog vessel which would of been placed in a shaft tomb and suggested to safely guard the deceased to the afterlife (estimate $4,000-$5,000). Also, a very rare Muisca Tumbaga pendant (estimate $600-$800), a massive Chontal maskette dating to the pre-classic period and expected to bring in $4,000-$6,000. A large Mezcala mask is estimated to bring in $4,000-$6,000.

Additional highlights include an 11-inch Nayarit head fragment that would of belonged to a monumental size figure (estimate $400-$750). Also, a very large Blue Jade Olmec ‘spoon’ (estimate $3,000-$4,000) from the Alan Long collection acquired from the Ron Messick Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A similar example can be found in the Denver Museum of Art Collection.

Minerva Gallery will be opening the live online auction at fair, wholesale prices — letting the interested collectors establish the market values. For more information, visit or call 719-MINERVA.

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