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Auction calendar: sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in autumn 2018

08 October 2018

ATG’s calendar of auctions taking place in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in autumn 2018.

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Marie Antoinette portrait in terracotta and wax heads to sale

08 October 2018

Geble auction house in Radolfzell, on the shores of Lake Constance, has an intriguing work by the renowned French craftsman Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751- 1843) in its October 20 auction.

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Two fairs in Munich lead a spotlight on the art and antiques scene in Germany

08 October 2018

Autumn in the Bavarian capital Munich is traditionally fair time. Shortly after the Oktoberfest closes, exhibitors at two art and antique fairs are hoping for masses of equally enthusiastic visitors.

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Paul Storr silver tureen offered at Cologne auction

08 October 2018

From the very beginning of his career as an independent silversmith in the late 18th century, the London craftsman Paul Storr received numerous noble and royal commissions. He was the foremost artisan in his field from the early 1790s until the late 1830s and supplied most of the silverware purchased by the royal household during this period.

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Belgian creator’s idealised stained glass window heads to Sulzburg sale

08 October 2018

Among the more sizeable lots at the auction on October 19-20 at Kaupp in Sulzburg near the Black Forest is an early 20th century stained glass window, measuring 10ft 2in x 5ft 11in (3.09 x 1.8m).

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Gauguin in bronze: self-portrait in relief form consigned to Berlin auction

08 October 2018

On October 27 Lehr in Berlin is selling this 14 x 14in (36 x 35cm) bronze relief, a self-portrait by Paul Gauguin.

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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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Pistols display their finery

06 August 2018

It took a bid of €60,000 (£53,100) to secure a pair of flintlock pistols of c.1730 from the armoury of the Princes of Lobkowitz at Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich in May.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.