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December 12, 2012 5:12 pm
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Rare Silver Spice Tower Sells for Record $337,900 (PHOTOS)

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Photo: Kestenbaum & Company

Kestenbaum & Company’s auction of rare Judaica broke a record December 6th. “An extraordinarily rare and important 18th century, Polish parcel-gilt silver filigree spice container” sold for $337,900. That’s right, a spice container sold for the price of a house. A nice house. The 19-lot single-owner auction sale of ceremonial objects from the Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of England brought in a total of more than $670,000. The sale of the ceremonial spice container crushed estimates, which had its value placed between $150,000-200,000.

The ceremonial spice container. Photo: Kestenbaum & Company.

The ceremonial spice container. Photo: Kestenbaum & Company.

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  • Ruth Millman

    This was stolen from Jews escaping the Holocaust in Poland. The money belongs to the family it was stolen from.

    • Jackie Insel

      You are absolutely incorrect in your accusation and you shouldn’t make public statements like that when you don’t know the truth. The spice tower was purchased well BEFORE WWII and the Holocaust by Gustave Tuck, (a past president of the Jewish Historical Society of England in the early 20th century). He donated it to the Society and it has been in the Society’s possession ever since that time up until it was just recently sold at auction. The spice tower’s provenance (along with all of the items sold in the auction) is fully documented and unquestionable. That was one of the things that made the collection so important and desirable.

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