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The 10 Most Expensive Stone Statues Ever Sold

Greek and Roman mythology has been studied by philosophers since their inception. While a variety of theories (scriptural, historical, allegorical, physical) have been presented to support the foundat

Greek and Roman mythology has been studied by philosophers since their inception. While a variety of theories (scriptural, historical, allegorical, physical) have been presented to support the foundation of the ancient tales, professionals have yet to conclude whether the concepts are based on truth or dreams. To many, creating art such as sculptures and statues from descriptions of ancient tales acknowledge the validity of the stories and characters. This type of three-dimensional visual art originated in Ancient Greece during the classical period, which in turn generated several masterpieces. Today these sculptures and statues are considered works of genius, and carry a price tag to match. Counting down the 10 most expensive statues and sculptures in antiquity.

10 Ivory face of Apollo: $10 Million

9 The Canford Assyrian Relief: $11.3 Million

8 The Jenkins Venus (The Barberini Venus): $11.7 Million

7 Bronze Figure Of A Tapir: $12 Million

6 Cycladic Reclining Female Figure: $16,882,500

5  5. Statue of Aphrodite: $18 Million

4 Marble Group of Leda and the Swan: $19,122,500

3 Roman bust of Antinous: $23,826,500

2 Artemis and the Stag: $28.6 Million

1 The Guennol Lioness: $57.2 Million

Found near Baghdad, Iraq, The Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old limestone Mesopotamian statue. At just over 8 cm (3.25 in) in height, the sculpture was described by Sotheby's as "one of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilization remaining in private hands." The sculpture portrays an anthropomorphic lioness-woman and was sold for $57.2 million by Sotheby's in 2007 – the highest priced statue ever sold at the time.

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