Murder Scene in a Roman Palace, a 19th century painting in the continental school style, was the surprise lot at Skinner's auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts in Boston on October 5.
The painting achieved $25,000 against an estimate of just $600-800, an increase of 3,025%. The unsigned work features a depiction of the killing of Marc Anthony.
12 George III sterling silver plates also performed well, reaching $16,000 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000 (a 166% increase). They were made by Andrew Fogelberg and Steven Gilbert of London in 1788-1789.
A pietra dura ebonized and parcel-gilt centre table from 19th century Italy made $13,000 - an increase of 116% on its $4,000-6,000 valuation.
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