Crucifixion images no longer command auction prices

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Property from a Flemish Private Collection, Netherlandish, Limburg, Mid-16th Century. Corpus Christi, polychromed wood and metal. Photo courtesy Sotheby's London

Property from a Flemish Private Collection, Netherlandish, Limburg, Mid-16th Century. Corpus Christi, polychromed wood and metal. Photo courtesy Sotheby's London

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(RNS) Cultural factors that may be contributing to the declining sales prices of Crucifixions are changing worship styles that rely more on words and music and less on visual images, and an unwillingness to openly and publicly display one’s religious commitments.