Carved Antique Horns Fetched Record Price at Auction House
An Auckland auction house have acknowledged the sale of a pair of antique Chinese carved rhinoceros horns was recently sold at a record price of 797,300 NZ dollars. The 19th Century horns is said to be the finest and rarest of Chinese antiques that is offered in New Zealand.
The horns were expected to just fetch around 120,000 to 150,000 NZ dollars compared to a same pair of horns that was sold in the global market. A spokesperson for the auction house said that is the highest price that an antique carved rhinoceros horns locally or globally as five bidders engaged bids up to 500,000 NZ dollars the two bidders until one emerged as the winner.
Demand for carved rhinoceros horns is high due to their scarcity and has driven the demand from wealthy buyers in the market. The demand can be attributed to the rarity of these horns and is said that there are only 4,000 of these horns worldwide. The intricate decorations of the horns represent the auspicious Chinese symbols of perseverance, healing, beauty and longevity.
The horns were previously part of a collection of Sir John Bud Phear, a high court judge in Ceylon. Gilbert Phear his son brought the horns to New Zealand early 20th Century and as passed the horns through his family.