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A intricate 17th-century silver table decoration with a tragic history was sold
at an auction in London on Wednesday, where it far exceeded brokers’
The nef, a small ornament shaped like a ship, was once part
of a collection of 150 silver works stolen by the Gestapo from a Jewish couple
upon their arrest in Vienna in 1944. Fanny and Ernst Egger died along with their
entire family in German concentration camps not long after their
The piece sold Tuesday was the only piece of the Eggers’s
collection ever to have resurfaced after the war. The rest are believed to still
be in private collections.
The Bonhams auctioneers agency had estimated
that the piece would fetch £20,000-£25,000 ($32,000- $40,500), but ended up
selling for £37,000 ($60,000).
The lot was a rather intricate work of
art. A sailboat on four wheels which stands at a little over 30 centimeters
tall, the piece features detailed renderings of waves and dolphins on its hull,
as well as four miniature sailors firing guns off the decks and two other seamen
climbing a rope ladder to the ship’s crow’s nest.
The ship resurfaced
after the Eggers’s step-grandson Count Ferdinand Orssich acquired it from a
friend who had unwittingly bought the piece of Holocaust plunder at an auction