The history-making high sell-through rate and broad range of high-quality international work sold for exceptional prices combined to make contemporary art the high point of Dorotheum
's auction week from November 24th27th, 2015. The event, which was held on the evening of 25th November and was characterised by numerous top results, underscored the significance and predominance of the auction house.
Spectacularly high prices for works by Agostino Bonalumi (442,200), Enrico Castellani (417,000) and Gino De Dominicis (222,600) punctuated Dorotheum's strong position, particularly in the field of 1960s-era Italian and German avant-garde art. Paolo Scheggis "Intersuperficie curva rossa" went for an outstanding 393,400. Pieces by Gerhard Richter met with great success, amongst them his paintings "Abstraktes Bild" (491,000) and "Grün-Blau-Rot" (369,000) as well as "Ifrit" (143,300), his 2010 small-format optical disc. Austrian contemporary art was a resounding success: Maria Lassnigs "Selbstporträt als Auto" and "Zwei Figuren" sold for 344,600 and 341,202, respectively.
Dorotheum made a turnover of some 13.7 million on contemporary art alone over the week.
All the other auctions were also marked by escalated prices and a high sell-through rate. Frantisek Kupkas Badende yielded an impressive 295,800.
Gino Severinis Sortie Nord Sud was a favourite of art lovers amongst the auctions Futurist selection. A collector paid 369,000 for the dynamic painting. Wolss Bateau Ivre was bid on aggressively, culminating a sum of 131,100. Three of the 10 highest-selling works were by Giorgio de Chirico, including his Battaglia, which garnered a spectacular price of 125,000, and Il guado, which sold for 118,750.
Dorotheum's global also put down top dollar for the items in the silver and jewellery auctions. The highest obtained price in the jewellery auction was 222,600, paid for a ring beset with an untreated 14.57-carat Burmese sapphire.
The auction week was one of the most successful in Dorotheums history.