Woodcut by German Expressionist Max Pechstein - £4200 at Kinghams.

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The artist was inspired by primitive art and became a prolific printmaker, producing over 300 woodcuts and linocuts alone of which this example showing two standing female nudes was one from 1920.

Measuring 15¾ x 12½in (40 x 32cm), the signed and dated impression was from an edition titled Zwiesprache produced in different colours of which copies come to auction occasionally – making as much as £11,000 for one that emerged at an auction in Munich in 2013.

The lot in in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, was pitched at £3000-5000 and it sold at £4200 to a German buyer. While a good number of copies have made more in the past, the sum was above a number of copies that have sold in the UK previously including one that made £3000 at Sotheby’s in 2020.