The first prize to be announced under lot number 724 was a stunning gold necklace, dating from the second millennium B.C. Its minimum bid of 90,000 euros was nowhere near enough, however. This compelling testimony to early Elamite gold workmanship only closed at a gratifying 131,250 euros. Furthermore, a wonderful ointment jar (lot 729) was snapped up for 42,500 euros, its guide price of 28,000 euros notwithstanding. A Minoan rhyton from Ancient Greece, lot number 774, was tendered for sale for 4,500 euros. Nonetheless, the hammer did not fall until bids for the typical terracotta drinking vessel had reached 13,750 euros.
Number 798 was also regarded as a top lot: an extremely rare and uncommonly well preserved military face mask in iron from the Roman Empire. At the time, only highly experienced blacksmiths with outstanding craftsmanship skills were able to create iron masks of this calibre. This magnum opus now delights a new owner for 72,500 euros, almost tripling its asking price of 25,000 euros. From the same epoch, and perhaps just as remarkable, was the following lot 799, a ring pommel sword in excellent condition, for which bids from 12,000 euros were welcome. This showpiece more than doubled its estimate, completing the sale for 25,000 euros.