Seleucis & Pieria, Cleopatra & Mark Antony, circa 36-34 BC. AR Tetradrachm: 26 mm, 15.03 gm, 12 h. Estimate $50,000, hammer price $70,000. Despite being married to Octavian's sister, Mark Antony & Cleopatra were carrying on an illicit affair out in the open . Octavian (the future emperor Augustus) was well aware of what was going on, & this illicit affair was the hot topic of gossip in the city of Rome . As this affair continued a strong propaganda backlash grew against both of them, especially Cleopatra. Mark Antony ended up marrying Cleopatra & having 7 kids with her while still being married to Octavia ! The Triumvirs, Mark Antony & his wife Octavia, Summer 38 BC, Athens Mint. AV Aureus: 20 mm, 8.03 gm, 12 h. Extremely rare, 8 specimens known. Estimate $75,000, hammer price $220,000 . Seeing both of these coins triggered a memory of an exhibition I read about 3 years ago at the British Museum, A Special Exhibition on Dissent. One of the featured objects is pictured below. edited Terracotta Oil Lamp, featuring a caricature of Cleopatra. Roman, c. AD 40-80. Cleopatra is depicted standing on the back of a crocodile (a symbol of Egypt) while squatting on a giant phallus . This oil lamp was part of a propaganda campaign made by supporters of Octavian to focus on the decadence of the queen of Egypt. Objects like this strengthened the ambition of the virtuous Octavian to become the 1st emperor of Rome at the expense of Antony's folly.