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Lot 848

Celebrity-Owned, Rare and Colorful Daunian Amphora. Magna Graecia, perhaps Campanian, late 4th century BC. Panel-type amphora, in buff-creme ware, with high strap handles, columnar neck, funnel mouth, and low foot. In creme slip, and alternating bands of red and black circling the body, with similar scheme at the handles, the square panels at the neck, and the painted row of petals at neck's base. Finely preserved, with minor paint flaking, and an ancient "kill hole(?)" at side of vessel. Height: 13-3/4".
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,500.
This shape very rare in the Daunian series, although reports indicate some Athenian types were being copied. Of special interest is that this vase was hand carried and personally delivered to astronaut Buzz Aldrin by noted screen actress, Gina Lolabrigida, for his part in America's landing on the moon. The autograph, signed note: "To my 'luny' friend Buzz, From your 'very luny' friend Gina."

Realized $3,910

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