While it failed to sell on the night it did find a buyer following the auction and sold for an impressive 141,670 pounds. The ritual bird snare was followed by a rare Maori carved flute/Putorino which sold for 108,335 pounds including buyers premium.
It is interesting to note the enormous prices paid to secure these treasures where prices far surpass those achieved in New Zealand. This is probably reflected by the mature tribal collectors market in Europe, particularly England and France, whose colonial presence in the Pacific focuses interest, and the greater pool of wealthier collectors with deep pockets who dominate these markets.
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