Kestenbaum & Company is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as one of the “250 Best Auction Houses Worldwide” by the prestigious publication Art & Auction in their just released Auction House Issue 2013.
In its write-up about the company, the magazine focused on some of Kestenbaum’s recent auction successes. Mentioned was the star lot of Kestenbaum’s December 6, 2012 auction of Magnificent Judaica from the Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of England — an extraordinarily rare and important 18th century, Polish parcel-gilt silver filigree spice container. The spice-tower, replete with intricate motifs and exquisite cast military figures had garnered intense attention prior to the sale due to its imposing size, beauty and remarkably fine condition and ultimately sold for $280,000. Also highlighted by Art & Auction were two outstanding lots from the company’s January 31, 2013 auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic & Ceremonial Art - the celebrated 18th century portrait of Hayim Samuel Jacob Falk, the Ba’al Shem of London, attributed to the French-British artist Philip James de Loutherbourg, which attained $75,000 and Abraham ibn Ezra’s, Commentary to the Torah written in 1381, the earliest known Hebrew Manuscript written in Kastoria, Macedonia, which sold for $60,000.