A model of a Temple devoted to the Ancient Greek God, Poseidon, fashioned out of cork, has exceeded all expectations and been sold by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers for 25,000 pounds – about 50 times its guide price of 400 to 600 pounds.
The cork model dates back to the 19th century and is thought to have been made to help architecture students examine building designs without having to travel abroad to witness such constructions first hand.
Sworders’ director, John Black, said: “The sale price went way beyond our expectations. Previous cork models like this have sold elsewhere for figures into the low thousands – although it has to be said, this was a particularly large example. A similar model can still be seen at The Sir John Soane Museum in London. There was interest in the room, as well as nine telephone bids from both Italy and England, eventually selling to a UK dealer. It’s a phenomenal result!”