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Menorahs

Menorahs are multi-branched candelabra used by Jews during the eight-day festival of Hanukkah. The first biblical mention of a menorah is found in the book of Exodus, when God revealed to Moses the design and arrangement of the object. Today, menorahs have between seven to nine branches, with the central branch usually assuming the highest position.

The most famous depiction of a menorah is located on the Arch of Titus, erected in Rome around 89 A.D. to commemorate the victories of the emperor. It is located on the south panel, which portrays a scene of spoils being taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. The menorah is carried upon the shoulders of the Romans, and because it is carved in deep relief, the object is the central focus of the panel. In 1949, the seven-branched menorah found on the Arch of Titus became the official Israeli State Emblem.

Contemporary menorahs often incorporate the Star of David, which became a popular symbol of Judaism in 19th-century Europe, as well as Hebrew inscriptions taken from the Old Testament. Most antique and contemporary menorahs are made of metal, most notably bronze, brass, and silver. The distinctive arrangement of the candelabra has inspired artists to arrange the candleholders in a host of creative and aesthetically-pleasing designs, resulting in a wide variety of available options.


Quick Facts

  • In November 2014, J. Greenstein & Co. sold an 18th-century Ukranian menorah for $100,000
  • On December 19, 2006, Christie’s New York sold a sterling silver menorah made by Harald Nielson for $96,000
  • On May 5, 1975, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp, a monument in the shape of a seven-branched menorah was erected in Mauthausen, Austria

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Yossi Swed Brass & Sterling Silver Menorah
May 04, 10:00 AM MST
Yossi Swed Brass & Sterling Silver Menorah
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$80017 Bids
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Austin Mid Century Modern Brutalist Menorah Sculpture
Apr 28, 2:00 PM EDT
Austin Mid Century Modern Brutalist Menorah Sculpture
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$202 Bids
ANTIQUE JUDAICA STERLING SILVER MENORAH F HANUKKAH
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE JUDAICA STERLING SILVER MENORAH F HANUKKAH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
A Silver Plate Jewish Platter & a Brass Finish Menorah
Apr 24, 6:00 PM AEST
A Silver Plate Jewish Platter & a Brass Finish Menorah
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
RAPHAEL ABECASSIS- 925 STERLING SILVER PLATED ON BASE "MENORAH"
Apr 23, 10:00 AM PDT
RAPHAEL ABECASSIS- 925 STERLING SILVER PLATED ON BASE "MENORAH"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$5500 Bids
Judaica - an Israeli Jewish silver menorah, stepped square base, scroll feet, 30.5cm high, Hadad, 20th century
May 01, 10:00 AM BST
Judaica - an Israeli Jewish silver menorah, stepped square base, scroll feet, 30.5cm high, Hadad, 20th century
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
A Silver Menorah by Britton, Gould & Co. Hallmarked Birmingham 1936. 20 cm x 21cm x 9cm, weight 41
Apr 24, 10:00 AM BST
A Silver Menorah by Britton, Gould & Co. Hallmarked Birmingham 1936. 20 cm x 21cm x 9cm, weight 41
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£1400 Bids
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LARGE SILVER HANUKKAH LAMP – ANTONI RIEDEL – WARSAW, 1892
May 08, 7:00 PM IDT
LARGE SILVER HANUKKAH LAMP – ANTONI RIEDEL – WARSAW, 1892
by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$5,0000 Bids
JUDAICA STERLING SILVER OIL MENORAH & TORAH POINTER
Apr 26, 1:30 PM PDT
JUDAICA STERLING SILVER OIL MENORAH & TORAH POINTER
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$2,0000 Bids
Yaacov Agam b.1928 (Israeli) Menorah brass, 24 karat gold-plated
Apr 30, 7:30 PM IDT
Yaacov Agam b.1928 (Israeli) Menorah brass, 24 karat gold-plated
by Matsart Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$2,0000 Bids
Yaacov Agam b.1928 (Israeli) Levels Menorah (Kinetic Menorah) , c. 1966 silver-plated brass
Apr 30, 7:30 PM IDT
Yaacov Agam b.1928 (Israeli) Levels Menorah (Kinetic Menorah) , c. 1966 silver-plated brass
by Matsart Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $7,200- $8,500
$7,2000 Bids
Wainberg Brutalist Menorah
May 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Wainberg Brutalist Menorah
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
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HANUKKAH LAMP IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, WITH SAILBOAT-SHAPED SERVANT LIGHT – GERMANY, CA. 1800
May 08, 7:00 PM IDT
HANUKKAH LAMP IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, WITH SAILBOAT-SHAPED SERVANT LIGHT – GERMANY, CA. 1800
by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$15,0000 Bids
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HANUKKAH LAMP – PRODUCED BY "SHE'ERIT HAPLETAH" IN THE MARKTREDWITZ DP CAMP – BAVARIA, 1947-1948
May 08, 7:00 PM IDT
HANUKKAH LAMP – PRODUCED BY "SHE'ERIT HAPLETAH" IN THE MARKTREDWITZ DP CAMP – BAVARIA, 1947-1948
by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$5,0000 Bids
VINTAGE WAINBERG JERUSALEM BRASS MENORAH
Apr 24, 2:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE WAINBERG JERUSALEM BRASS MENORAH
by Auction Life
Est: $25- $250
$100 Bids
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HANUKKAH LAMP – GERMANY, AUGSBURG OR HANAU, 19TH CENTURY – “FRANKFURT TYPE”
May 08, 7:00 PM IDT
HANUKKAH LAMP – GERMANY, AUGSBURG OR HANAU, 19TH CENTURY – “FRANKFURT TYPE”
by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$5,0000 Bids
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HANUKKAH LAMP – GERMANY OR AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, CA. MID-19TH CENTURY
May 08, 7:00 PM IDT
HANUKKAH LAMP – GERMANY OR AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, CA. MID-19TH CENTURY
by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$5,0000 Bids
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BRASS HANUKKAH LAMP, ADORNED WITH PUTTI FIGURES – ITALY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY
May 08, 7:00 PM IDT
BRASS HANUKKAH LAMP, ADORNED WITH PUTTI FIGURES – ITALY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY
by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,0000 Bids

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