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Dana Micucci writes:

 

"The supply of top-quality ancient Buddha sculptures on the market is diminishing, as savvy collectors increasingly compete with dealers and museums for these examples. 'Buddhist art and Buddha sculptures are more popular now than ever,' says [Nancy] Wiener. 'The increase in demand is due to both a growing understanding and appreciation of Asian culture and a greater need for spirituality. The Buddha is such an easily recognizable, powerful cultural icon.  And you don't have to be a Buddhist to appreciate a beautiful Buddha sculpture.' 

 

Prices for the best Buddha sculptures have at least doubled over the past five years, soaring beyond the $10 million mark."