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The ancient talisman sold for $ 51 million

December 6 2007
05:02

Talisman "Lioness Guenolla" or "Standing lioness demon, whose age is about 5 thousand years, was sold at Sotheby's in New York for 51 million

Experts previously estimated value of the ancient statues of 14-18 million dollars.

According to Sotheby's, made of a stone statue that combines the features of animal and man, served as a talisman against the evil forces of one of the rulers of Mesopotamia.

Holes in the top mascot suggest that it was worn on the chest.

Vice-president of auction house Hug Hildesli called "Mesopotamian lioness" the most unique exhibit, which he had to hold in their hands for the entire 45-year career in the antiques business, according to RIA Novosti.

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