There are now four of them, with the Galerie Springer taking part for first time.
The organisers of the Munich event are, however, keen to preserve the balance between the old and the new.
They are at pains to provide for traditional collectors who are more interested in baroque silver, Renaissance sculptures and Old Master paintings than in recent works by up-and-coming artists of today. It is this combination which has ensured the success of Highlights, which is acknowledged as the leading event of its kind in Germany.
For example, visitors with sufficient funds can find a triptych with the Adoration of the Magi and The Presentation at the Temple, painted by Jan van Dornicke of Antwerp in c.1520, offered by Peter Mühlbauer from the Bavaria town of Pocking for €245,000.
As an alternative, David Behning Contemporary Art (DBCA) of Düsseldorf is looking for a buyer for the 3ft 5in x 2ft 11in (1.05m x 90cm) nail painting Feld (Field), executed in 2006 by Günther Uecker, the most successful artist among the one-time members of the Zero group, a fact reflected in the price-tag of ‘well over a million euros’.
This is the 13th edition of the high-end art fair, which opens to the general public from October 20-23. Invited guests can visit Highlights on the two previous days.
This year, the event which describes itself as a ‘boutique fair’ has grown somewhat; there are now 52 exhibitors, predominantly from Germany, who will be joined by a handful of colleagues from other parts of Europe.