In a series of sales to be spread over the coming years, Cologne auctioneers Lempertz are selling netsuke from the Kolodotschko collection.

The collection has been built up since the early 1980s and now contains some 6000 pieces in all.

On June 14 the first 300 are coming up for sale in Cologne and from May 12-13 a selection are being exhibited in London, at Butchoff Antiques, 154 Kensington Church Street.