To everyone’s surprise, a19th-century Tlingit “mosquito mask” from the Pacific Northwest was sold at a Christie’s auction on Tuesday for a whopping $400,000. Being an antique artifact, the item was obviously valuable, but the mask was expected to go for one-tenth the price it was finally sold for.
Not short of an interesting story, the the150-year-old wooden “mosquito mask” was part of an intense bidding war at a major auction of aboriginal art in France. The buyer, an unidentified European collector, spent the additional sum on keeping his rival Canadian bidder from acquiring the rare object and bringing its glory to his country.
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