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For the armchair globetrotter

06 November 2017

Dating from 1812, this pair of terrestrial and celestial library globes of 12in (31cm) diameter was made by the well-known London firm of John & William Cary.

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Munich – a hotspot of auction houses, dealers and fairs

16 October 2017

The Bavarian capital city of Munich is an ever-expanding centre of prosperity, home to the carmaker BMW, leading insurers and major industrial concerns as well as numerous IT businesses.

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First round of auctions in Bavarian capital

16 October 2017

The first round of Munich auctions took place at the end of September and produced several notable results for paintings and sculpture. They include a rare appearance at the rostrum for a work by a Greek artist who studied in the Bavarian capital and a 19th century Orientalist subject painted in Rome by a German artist shortly after a return journey from Greece.

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Fairs at the double in Munich

16 October 2017

October is Munich is a busy time for art and antiques with two major fairs running concurrently in the city. ATG looks at what will be in store for visitors.

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Auction previews from Munich salerooms Quittenbaum

16 October 2017

ATG picks out a selection of highlights from upcoming auctions in Munich.

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Late Egon Schiele gouache comes fresh to Vienna auction

12 October 2017

A late portrait by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is expected to take up to €1.2m at Dorotheum’s next auction in Vienna.

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Tributes paid following the death of former V&A boss Martin Roth

07 August 2017

Martin Roth, the former director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has died aged 62.

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Max Beckmann is auction top scorer in both Munich and Berlin

07 August 2017

The summer season brought a raft of modern art sales to continental Europe and the various salerooms around Germany were no exception.

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The German-born artist who went native in the US

07 August 2017

The biggest sensation at Scheublein (26% buyer’s premium) in Munich on June 30 was caused by an oil painting of American Indians from the mid-19th century. It was an oil study for a famous painting by Carl Ferdinand Wimar (1828-62), who also went by the name of Charles Wimar.

Karl Marx makes auction mark

05 August 2017

Sold for €62,500 (£54,825) by German auction house Kiefer (20% buyer’s premium) in a June 30-July 1 sale in Pforzheim was an 1867, Hamburg first edition of the first volume of Karl Marx’s 'Das Kapital'.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Asian auctions make a ‘Gexit’

12 June 2017

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

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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.