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Habsburg royal memorabilia leads selection of Central European hammer highlights

06 August 2018

Imperial souvenirs, Expressionist portraits and metalware from Augsburg and Iran were among the recent highlights at sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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Opulent but deadly from Turkestan

06 August 2018

Among the thousands of lots in Hermann Historica’s (25% buyer’s premium) May sales series in Munich, one of the highlights was this gold inlaid karud from Turkestan which sold at €29,000 (£25,665).

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Armour that stands out in non-vintage season

06 August 2018

It has not been a vintage season for armour in the saleroom, but some of the recent highlights from London and Munich are shown here.

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Bamberg boom time as visitors flock to German festival

23 July 2018

Over 20 years ago, leading art and antiques dealers in the picturesque Bavarian city of Bamberg came up with the idea of holding a coordinated summer sales exhibition.

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Specialist auction in Cologne features cameras and other optical delights

23 July 2018

Magic lanterns, peep shows and various other optical illusory and viewing devices will be on sale at a specialist Cologne auction firm offering photographic, scientific and collectors’ apparatus.

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Guelph Treasure claim can go to court in US

16 July 2018

A Washington DC appeals court has upheld a decision to allow a ‘Nazi forced sale’ claim against a collection of medieval devotional art to go to trial in the US.

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Auctions in Germany that explode into life

25 June 2018

Germany’s most expensive painting sold at auction, an unusual early firearm and a fin de siècle snake charmer are among the highlights featured here from recent auctions in Munich, Berlin and Cologne.

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Max Beckmann heads to new height for a German auction record

25 June 2018

It took less than five minutes for a work by Max Beckmann (1884-1950) to become the most expensive painting ever sold at a German auction.

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Butterfly bids transformed in Hamburg sale

18 June 2018

Bound together, first editions of both parts of the 1679-83 edition of Maria Sybilla Merian’s study of caterpillars and their transformation into butterflies, Der Raupen…, sold to a Danish bidder for €42,000 (£32,060) in a sale held by Ketterer Kunst (23% buyer’s premium) of Hamburg.

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Plates from Goethe's work on Roman carnivals sell at German auction

11 June 2018

Shown below is one of 20 hand-coloured plates from 'Masken des Römischen Carnevals'. This was a rare and separate 1790 Weimar issue of the plates that illustrated a work by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Roman carnivals published the previous year – an item that is itself a great rarity*.

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Kant first edition fetches €18,000

11 June 2018

Bid to a record €18,000 (£15,660) in a May 15-17 series of sales held by Reiss & Sohn (18% buyer’s pemium) of Königstein, near Frankfurt, was a first edition of Immanuel Kant’s 'Critik der reinen Vernunft'.

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Max Beckmann painting sets German auction record in Berlin

04 June 2018

Auction house Grisebach in Berlin is celebrating after it sold a Max Beckmann painting for a premium-inclusive €5.5m - the highest price ever paid for a painting at an auction in Germany.

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Darwin letters to Bonn botanist sell in Cologne

14 May 2018

Bid to €60,000 (£53,100) in a March 16 sale held by Venator & Hanstein (23% buyer’s premium) was a group of letters sent by Charles Darwin in the 1860s and ‘70s to a German botanist, Friedrich Hildebrand.

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German and Swiss sales on a roll

07 May 2018

Old Masters and post-Impressionist paintings, vintage luggage and the almost inevitable Asian artefacts all appeared among the best-sellers in the recent round of auctions held across Germany and Switzerland.

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Art Nouveau centrepiece set to take prominence in Munich

07 May 2018

A late 19th century Art Nouveau centrepiece is one of the highlights at Quittenbaum’s Munich sale on May 15.

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Eyewitness view of Napoleon in Russia 1812 up at auction

07 May 2018

Pride comes before a fall and in the case of Napoleon, Smolensk came before Moscow. On May 18 Ketterer Kunst is selling a 2ft x 2ft 7in (60 x 79cm) scene of Napoleon observing the burning city of Smolensk.

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Flintlock muskets to trigger bidding in Cologne

07 May 2018

Numerous works of art in the spring sales at Van Ham in Cologne come from the extensive legacy of Friedrich Wilhelm Waffenschmidt (1925-2017), founder of one of Europe’s leading electronics retailers.

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‘Bigger and better’ Liotard portrait sold to German museum

26 March 2018

A private museum in south-west Germany has bought a portrait by Swiss artist Jean- Etienne Liotard (1702-89) from London Old Master dealer Derek Johns.

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A Grand Tour of auction highlights across Germany's regional centres

26 March 2018

Pictured and discussed here is a selection of interesting and unusual lots from sales in February and early March, ranging from a Russian enamel jug in Saarbruecken and an aristocratic de Lászlo portrait in Heidelberg to an early Grand Tour souvenir in cork in Cologne.

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Germany special report: local experience, global ambitions

26 March 2018

Three German auction houses tell how they aim to strike the right balance between bricks and mortar sales and enhancing the online experience. Paul Wheatley reports...