MUNICH.- Satisfied clients and excellent figures thats the overall result of the seven auctions that realized more than 23 million - around 2.5 million more than in spring 2017. In comparison with the same period in 2017, this auction saw a total of 44 results on or beyond the 100,000 line, instead of a previous 38. Additionally, a great number of records were achieved. The demand for Post War Art was particularly strong.
After the Departments of 19th Century Art and Rare Books had already grossed proceeds of around 2.5 million a few days earlier, the Departments of Modern-, Post War- and Contemporary Art set a strong final chord for the first auction term in 2018 with sales figures of more than 20 million.
Auctioneer and company owner Robert Ketterer sums up: I am very delighted that we were even able to excel last years great performance. He continues: What I find very remarkable was the fact that artists with strong ties to Germany sell particularly well in German auctions. Good examples therefor are Tony Cragg, Katharina Grosse, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Gerhard Richter and, of course, Günther Uecker.
Post War Art
Günther Ueckers Woge, Japan (lot 909) led both the departments range of offerings as well as the entire auction. With lovers mainly in Germany and Switzerland the nail picture entered the race with an opening bid of 600,000 and realized 825,000 offered by a Bavarian collector. Another eight works from the ZERO master were also met with great enthusiasm, first and foremost the work Feld (For Ezra Pound) (lot 902) from 1999, which was lifted from 130,000 to a result of 200,000* by a collector from Great Britain.
Tony Craggs Point of View (lot 935) provided an exceptional result in the sculpting section. Against fierce competition from mainly Southern German bidders, the winning bid of 662,500* eventually came from Bavaria, too. The huge plastic more than doubled its calling price of 280,000 and did not only make second place in the auction, moreover, it realized a new world record for the artist.
With a result of 537,500 Robert Rauschenbergs large-size County Sweep (Galvanic Suite) (lot 919) occupies third place. Called up with 240,000 it more than doubled its price and will go to a collector on the American East Coast who stood his grounds against other phone bidders from Belgium and Slovenia.
Ernst Wilhelm Nays work Purpurmelodie (lot 854) was called up with 180,000 and found a new home with a passionate collector from Baden-Württemberg for a result of half a million euro. He relegated competitors in the saleroom and half a dozen phones, mainly from Germany and Switzerland, to places second and beyond.
Next to Enrico Castellanis Superficie bianca (lot 903), which found a new home in Italy for 312,500, Victor Vasarelys Dauve (lot 879) was also very popular. A persistent collector from Poland eventually won the trophy for a result of 350,000, almost twice the opening bid of 180,000.
Half a dozen works by Gerhard Richter also made for excitement in the saleroom, first and foremost three works with six-digit estimates. While Fuji (lot 914) was sold to Hong Kong for 300,000* and Grün-Blau-Rot (lot 951) to Seoul for 262,500*, the work Ohne Titel (9.12.96) (lot 877) will remain in Southern Germany for 256,250.
The longest list of phone bids was compiled for François Morellet and his work 5 trames de grillage 0° 18° 36° 54° 72° (lot 901) which needed 22 lines to Belgium, England, France, Italy, South Africa, Cyprus and Switzerland. In the end, however, a German collector in the saleroom succeeded and silenced competitors for the iron wire work with a bid of 206,250, additionally, he provided a new German record** for the artist.
Interest in B99 (lot 869) by the Warsaw artist Wojciech Fangor was noticeabley strong, which showed already long before the auction. As expected, most of the 14 phone bidders came from Poland, however, art lovers from Germany, Monaco, Russia and the USA were also represented when the vividly colored oil painting was called up at 30,000. Eventually, a Polish private collection carried the victory home. With a result of 200,000 the buyer also provided more than a six-fold of the calling price.
The undisputed star of the department is Katharina Grosse. Three of her works with calling prices in five-digit realms were sold with excellent increases. While lot 788 fetched 212,500, lot 814 even climbed to 275,000 and recorded a new German record. As expected, most bidders came from Germany, however, collectors from Italy and Cyprus also got involved.
Apart from Imi Knoebels Porträt 98-32 (lot 793), which was in demand with ten phone bidders and eventually honored with a price of 92,500 (staring price: 34,000) by a private collector from Switzerland, Karin Kneffel set another highlight with her oil painting 2008/8 (lot 806), which was taken to heights of 125,000* (staring price: 75,000) by a Southern German collector.
This section is led by Alfons Waldes work Aurach bei Kitzbühel (lot 715), which realized a multiple of its opening price of 200,000. A Franconian private collector made the masterly staged winter landscape sure for himself with a commission that offered room for more despite the great result of 525,000 an aspect that may be a bit consoling for competitors in the saleroom and two Austrian phone bidders.
While Lovis Corinths Luzerner See am Vormittag (lot 720) was sold to an art lover from Northern Germany against the opposition of a private collector from Hesse on the phone for a result of 375,000, a collector from North Rhine-Westphalia won Gabriele Münters Haus am Hang (lot 741) with a commission that had not been entirely exhausted. The atmospheric picture of an Alpine landscape near Murnau realized 262,500*, almost a threefold of the calling price. Bidders in the saleroom and on the phones from Germany, the USA and Switzerland left empty-handed.
Disappointment must have been tremendous with several collectors and traders from Austria when a fellow countryman won Koloman Mosers Blick auf die Rax von der Villa Mautner v. Markhof im Abendlicht (lot 686) for 218,750, which was almost a three-fold of the calling price.
The range of nine works from Hermann Max Pechstein was almost entirely sold, three of them with prices in six-digit realms. The top spot is shared by two works that realized proceeds of 187,500 each: the work Blumenstilleben (lot 700) from 1913 and the impressive landscape Am Genfer See (lot 713). While the first will go to a private collection in Monaco the latter will call the Rhineland its new home after a bidding skirmish with strong headwind from Switzerland.
On Thursday the auction was opened with a new world record** when Josef Scharls oil painting Der Abend (lot 108) was sold. Despite active international participation with many written bids from Germany and the USA, as well as a dozen phones from, among others, Monaco and Great Britain, the double portrait in unusually slim upright format will remain in Germany. An art lover from Hesse honored the work with a result of 150,000, which is almost twelve times the starting price of 13,000.