Weeks of Bamberg art and antiques charms

17 July 2017

Bavaria is the most popular tourist destination in Germany and for more than 20 years the historic city of Bamberg has hosted a summer event in which a dozen prestigious dealers and galleries take part in a joint sales exhibition, held in their own premises.


Dutch discoveries in a world guarded by Spain and Portugal

10 July 2017

The island of St Helena featured in a folding plate from a 1598, first English edition of Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s famous Itinerario – published as Discours of Voyages into ye Easte & West Indies – offered by Ketterer Kunst (20% buyer’s premium) on May 22.


German wounds book makes the cut at auction

03 July 2017

This rather unsettling woodcut illustration shown above, an almost surreal depiction of an amputation, is taken from from a 1515, Grüninger of Strasbourg edition of Hieronymous Brunschwig’s Das buch der wund Artzeny. Handwirkung der Cirurgia.


Simply the breast: deluxe Duchamp

03 July 2017

Art books in a Ketterer Kunst (20% buyer’s premium) sale of May 22 included one of 15 deluxe copies of a 1950 edition of Harry Roskolenko’s Paris Poems, containing an original watercolour by Zau Wou-Ki and an extra suite of his lithographed illustrations. It sold at €42,000 (£36,240).


Consignments from online firm Auctionata to be offered at auction at Van Ham

23 June 2017

Artworks consigned to the now defunct German online firm Auctionata will be auctioned at Van Ham Kunstauktionen in Cologne.


Initial ideas on printing the Bible

19 June 2017

Featuring more than 70 decorative or historiated initials in full contemporary colour, a fine copy of a Biblia germanica printed by Gunther Zainer of Augsburg in 1475-76 sold for a record €120,000 (£103,450) in a Ketterer Kunst (20% buyer’s premium) sale.

Avicenna on metaphysics in 1495

19 June 2017

Cleaned, restored and recently rebound in brown buckskin, together with a 1966 reprint, a rare 1495 Venetian first of Avicenna’s Metaphysica made €26,000 (£22,260) in a Reiss & Sohn (18% buyer’s premium) sale. The price was slightly under estimate but a record nonetheless.


Asian auctions make a ‘Gexit’

12 June 2017

German salerooms move series to Austria and Belgium in the wake of cultural goods law...


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.


Malaysian artist makes rare visit

12 June 2017

The Malayan artist Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-83) is hardly a household name in Europe. Virtually all of his paintings that have sold at auction in recent decades came under the hammer in Hong Kong or Singapore.


‘Bruges Master’ produces something of the knight at German auction

12 June 2017

“A masterpiece of Flemish book illumination,” said Reiss & Sohn (18% buyer’s premium) of a rare manuscript compendium of texts on chivalry, heraldry, nobility and the rules of war offered in its May 16-18 sales series.


Book at German auctioneers led to an Inquisition

12 June 2017

Bid to a double-estimate €42,000 (£36,290) in a Ketterer Kunst (20% buyer’s premium) sale of May 22 was a very rare, 1566-67 Lisbon first of 'Chronica da felicissimo rei dom Emanuel…'

95 Theses

Copy of Martin Luther’s ‘95 Theses’ sells at auction in Germany

23 May 2017

Five hundred years after it was nailed to a church door, a copy of Martin Luther’s ‘95 Theses’ was hammered down at a German auction at €1.1m.

Auction gavel

Buyer found for Auctionata’s website and trademark in Germany

17 May 2017

Berlin auction house Historia Auktionshaus has acquired the website and trademark of defunct German online firm Auctionata Paddle8 AG.

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

Books marking 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation offered in German auction

10 May 2017

As far as I can recall, my first introduction to Martin Luther was a colour plate in a children’s book, showing him nailing his ‘95 Theses’ to a church door.


Painting by Javanese prince emerges at Van Ham in Cologne

08 May 2017

On May 19, not for the first time, Van Ham in Cologne is selling a painting by Raden Saleh Ben Jaggia (1811-80), a Javanese prince who made a career for himself during the 22 years he spent in Europe, mainly in The Netherlands and Germany.


Portrait of a Man stands out in Munich

08 May 2017

Karl & Faber in Munich is offering 'Portrait of a Man, Holding a Carnation', a 16 x 11in (41 x 29cm) panel, attributed to Dirck Jacobsz (before 1497-1567) at its auction on May 19.


Fruit seller automaton winds way to Cologne sale

08 May 2017

Gustave Vichy was probably the most accomplished manufacturer of automata in fin de siècle France. A prime example of his art is putting in an appearance at the May 20 sale of Auction Team Breker in Cologne.

An 18th century imperial doucai winepot

Lempertz to hold Asian art auction outside of Germany to avoid cultural heritage law

02 May 2017

The controversial new German cultural heritage law has forced Cologne auctioneers Lempertz to hold its Asian art sale outside of Germany.


English humpback clock on offer in Frankfurt auction

02 May 2017

A rare English humpback carriage clock is coming up for sale at Dr Crott in Frankfurt on May 6. The 6in (16cm) high calendar timepiece with phases of the moon and an English lever escapement was manufactured in the 1890s by Jump of London.