Biwat sculpture attracts record bid in Paris auction | Pacific Beat

Biwat sculpture attracts record bid in Paris auction

Biwat sculpture attracts record bid in Paris auction

Updated 28 June 2013, 17:12 AEST

A rare Biwat sculpture from the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea has sold for three-point five million Australian dollars.

Christies in Paris auctioned the piece and says that's a record for art from the region.

The one metre tall carved wooden roof figure was once the property of Melbourne's exclusive Savage Club, but was sold to American collectors in 1977.

Crispin Gutteriddge is the head of Aboriginal and Oceanic Art at the Melbourne auction house of Deutscher and Hackett.

Bethany Keats asked him if he was surprised by the winning bid.

Presenter: Bethany Keats

Speaker: The Head of Aboriginal and Oceanic Art at the Melbourne auction house of Deutscher and Hackett, Crispin Gutteriddge

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