Limoges gilt copper and enamel devotional group of the Madonna and Child as the Queen and Prince of Heaven c.1200, $37,500 (£29,500) at Clars.

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It hammered for $37,500 (£29,500) against an estimate of $1000-2000 after a number of bidders recognised it as a textbook devotional statue produced in the medieval Limoges.

Many of these portable gilded copper sculptures with enamel accents were made by goldsmiths in Limoges throughout the 13th century. Most show the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus wearing crowns as the queen and prince of heaven.

This example, measuring just shy of 9in (22cm), was mounted in the late 19th century on a red velvet plaque with an easel support.