Friends Forever, a bronze and ivory statue by highly collectible artist Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947), has sold for $60,000 at Cowan's Auctions.
The rare statue, which depicts an ornately attired young woman standing between a pair of hunting dogs, led Cowan's two-day Fine and Decorative Art auction (July 13-14) in Ohio.
Five telephone bidders battled for the top lot, created in Paris circa 1928, which typifies jazz age art in terms of composition as well as subject matter.
Cowan's Graydon Sikes described the auction as a "smashing success", citing the coveted bronze as a personal highlight.
Chiparus originals are desired the world over.
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