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Pick of the Week: Closing the shutter at a record €2m

19 March 2018

A new record for a camera sold at auction was set by WestLicht in Vienna when one of only a handful of surviving Leica 0-series cameras – this one carrying the serial number 122 – sold at €2m (£1.76m) plus 20% buyer’s premium, to a private buyer from Asia.

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5 Questions: Gerald Weinpolter

12 March 2018

Gerald Weinpolter is based in Vienna and specialises in Austrian painting.

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Uecker is nailed on as greatest hit of the influential Zero group

02 January 2018

Paintings by major exponents of Expressionism almost invariably occupy many of the top slots in the modern and contemporary art sales staged in late autumn across Germany and Austria.

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Beyond Zero: modern and contemporary highlights

02 January 2018

The potential star of the show at the sale of Selected Works held by Grisebach (25% buyer’s premium) in Berlin on November 30 lived up to its expectations.

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Philosopher Wittgenstein shows sculpture skills

04 December 2017

A philosopher of mathematics, the human consciousness and language, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was described by his teacher Bertrand Russell as “the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived”.

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Egon Schiele work on paper sets highest price of the year for an Austrian auction

29 November 2017

The highest price of the year to date at auction in Austria was set by a market-fresh work on paper by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) offered at the latest Modern art sale held at Dorotheum in Vienna.

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On the hunt for Delacroix copies of Rubens works

27 November 2017

A mix of surprising and more predictable results emerged in the first round of Old Master auctions in Germany and Austria this autumn.

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Buccellati jewelley on offer with aristocratic provenanace

11 September 2017

Jewels by Buccellati, all from European aristocratic collections, feature in the jewellery auction at Dorotheum in Vienna on October 19.

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Viennese dealer collection on offer at Vienna auction

28 August 2017

The second, and final, instalment of the collection of the Viennese art dealer Reinhold Hofstatter will come up for sale at Dorotheum’s Vienna rooms on September 26.

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Irises bloom in Austrian saleroom as tension mounts

07 August 2017

Austrian artists figured prominently at the June 20-21 sale at Kinsky (26% buyer’s premium) in Vienna.

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Asian art and a continental drift of sales

17 July 2017

Dealers in and collectors of Asian art were spoilt for choice around the middle of June in Europe. As well as the Asian sale series in Paris (see last week’s ATG, No 2300), a vast selection of works came up for sale in Zurich, Cologne, Brussels, Salzburg and Stuttgart.

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Vienna Vesalius is a truly impressive body of work

10 July 2017

Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica is one of those rare epoch-making works, a publication that changes everything in its field and sets a standard for others to emulate.

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Bidders battle for Old Masters in Vienna and Cologne

12 June 2017

Recent Old Master paintings in Vienna and Cologne have yielded some predicted but also unexpected results including a high price for a work by a German better known for his poems and plays than his paintings.

Nazi-looted picture withdrawn from sale in Austria

08 May 2017

Austrian saleroom im Kinsky has hit out at the “biased reporting” and “aggressive reaction” to its decision to offer a Nazi-looted painting at auction. With heightened media coverage about the consignment, the portrait of a Dutch merchant by Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) was eventually withdrawn shortly before it was due to be offered in Vienna at the end of last month.

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Nicolas De Staël 1950 work in Vienna auction

24 April 2017

A small 6¼ x 11in (16 x 27 cm) oil on canvas by Nicolas De Staël (1914-55), titled Composition and dating from 1950, is one of the potential highlights of the contemporary art auction to be held by Dorotheum in Vienna on May 31 and June 1.

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High-quality paper made in France aids in identification of charcoal drawing sold in Dresden

10 April 2017

A French Old Master drawing, a 20th century work by a specialist animal painter and an American Abstract Expressionist work were among the pictures that have performed strongly in auctions across the German regions and in Austria recently.

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Daniel Quare barometer heats up Austrian auction

10 April 2017

Daniel Quare (1648-1724) is primarily known as a clock and watchmaker. He was, however, also an accomplished maker of portable barometers, one of which came up for sale at Dorotheum (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on March 29.

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Marc Chagall still life helps Dorotheum to their highest Modern art sale total

28 November 2016

A still life by Marc Chagall led Dorotheum in a record-breaking auction last week when the painting achieved a premium inclusive €1.02m (£872,269).

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Rediscovered portrait of the Old Pretender to be sold at auction in Vienna

04 October 2016

A rediscovered portrait of the Old Pretender – James Francis Edward Stuart, Prince of Wales – will be sold at Dorotheum in Vienna on October 18.

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Nazi looted Houdon bust returns to Poland

20 November 2015

A late 18th century bust of the Goddess Diana which was looted from the Royal Lazienki Palace in Warsaw by the Nazis has been returned to Poland after emerging at auction in Vienna.