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A bronze model of crocodile by Louis Antoine Barye – estimated at €4000-6000 at Millon. Image copyright: Millon/Drouot.

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Apart from the 18 bronze racehorses by a variety of different sculptors in this genre on offer at Beaussant-Lefèvre on February 22 (see ATG No 2378), the Millon auction firm is offering an entire range of animal subjects in bronze spanning the 1850s to the present in a dedicated sale titled Bestiare on March 8.

Prominent sculptors in the field are represented including Rembrandt Bugatti, Christophe Fratin, Antoine Louis Barye, François Pompon and Edouard-Marcel Sandoz.

The highlight of the sale is a work by Bugatti: a 1908 model of a crouching lion devouring its kill, the original plaster model for which is in the Musée D’Orsay. The Hébrard cast, in a limited edition of 3 of which this is numbered 2, is guided at €200,000-300,000.

Pictured above is a Louis Antoine Barye work, a bronze model of crocodile stamped Barye which is guided at €4000-6000.

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