2. The Christies Paris was held December 11, 2012 and grossed 6,022,975 euros ($8,251,475.75) with 91 lots of which 28 lots failed to sell giving a buy in rate of almost 31%. The star of the show was Willy Mestach's 100" Nkundu reliquary which sold for 2,697,000 euros or $3,506,100. So this one object was almost half the the total results of the sale which most would describe as uneven. Other notables were the Baga snake which is 76" in height and sold for 313,000 euros ($428,810). There actually were some interesting objects in the sale; however, in some lots the reserves just made no sense. The Twa neckrest in lot 63 was bought in with an estimate of $14,000 - $27,000. The quality was not there to justify this range. The sale points out that the competition for good material is strong and the auction houses are going out on limb to compete. Make your sale with three or four big lots and then hope that these objects will bring up the others. Both Sothebys and Christies had relatively small sales for this active .