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Yesterday I followed the Heritage auction on Ethnographic Art, American Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Tribal Art with great interest. In the auction was a Pre-Columbian jade pendant the same type & age as a pendant in my collection 😊. The Heritage pendant sold for an astounding price of $6,875.00 😲!

https://fineart.ha.com/itm/a-costa-rican-jade-pendant/a/8086-70356.s?ic4=OtherResults-SampleItem-Thumbnail-022817&tab=ArchiveSearchResults-012417

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Costa Rican Jade Pendant, c. AD 200-600, 4 1/4 in. long. A stylized jaguar head is flanked by two coiled serpents.

My pendant is pictured below.

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Costa Rican Jade Pendant, c. AD 200-600, 2.057 in long. A stylized jaguar head is flanked by two alligator heads. Atlantic Watershed region.

My jade pendant is half the size of the Heritage pendant but the quality of carving is equal or better than the Heritage jade, & it cost me only $300.00 when I bought it long ago 😏. The amazing thing with ancient Costa Rican jade is the fact it was carved without the use of metal tools.

 

 

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13 hours ago, John Conduitt said:

Yes yours looks better. I wonder if size matters that much!

I would buy some if I had any idea how to spot a fake. Maybe that's why Heritage can sell it for so much.

John, I placed 3 Costa Rican axegod pendants in a Heritage auction, Nov. 14, 2014, & only 1 sold for $1,250.00, pictured below. All 3 were pictured on the cover of their catalog. I had much better results selling Pre-Columbian artifacts with Bonhams in LA, Skinners in Boston, & the Artemis Gallery in Erie, CO.

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Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Axegod Pendant, c. 300 BC-AD 300, 4 in. long. Price realized $1,250.00

 

Pictured below is a large jade axegod pendant that didn't sell with Heritage but did sell with Bonhams.

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25 minutes ago, Al Kowsky said:

I had much better results selling Pre-Columbian artifacts with Bonhams in LA, Skinners in Boston, & the Artemis Gallery in Erie, CO.

Interesting. Although I would certainly trust people like Bonhams, probably more than Heritage. I presume they have a more established customer base for artifacts.

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1 hour ago, John Conduitt said:

Interesting. Although I would certainly trust people like Bonhams, probably more than Heritage. I presume they have a more established customer base for artifacts.

You're right on, all 3 of the auction houses I listed & did business with have specialized in Pre-Columbian & other artifacts longer than Heritage, & have a more knowledgeable staff 😉.

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