Modern and Contemporary Art Auction
Contemporary Art on June 2 and 3, 2015
Modern Art on June 2 and 3, 2015
Every seat in the saleroom was occupied. As bids streamed in from all media channels, the artworks featured in Van Ham’s Spring 2015 Modern and Contemporary Sales attracted enormous interest and sold like hotcakes. With total sales amount to 6.8 million euros and a quota of 110 percent (based on results at lower limit price), the weekend produced the most successful sales in the history of Van Ham. Perennial favorites such as Karl Hofer or Willi Baumeister led the outstanding results in the Modern Sale, while Konrad Klapheck, Heinz Mack, Adolf Luther, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter drove the Contemporary Sale. Contemporary Art Heinz Mack’s work Dynamic Structure in Black, which dates to the early years of the ZERO artist group, attracted numerous bidders to the phones. A Swiss collector beat out tough competition with the impressive winning price of 482,500 euros. The result is the second highest ever achieved for the artist as well as an auction record for Mack in Germany.
Contemporary Art Heinz Mack’s work Dynamic Structure in Black, which dates to the early years of the ZERO artist group, attracted numerous bidders to the phones. A Swiss collector beat out tough competition with the impressive winning price of 482,500 euros. The result is the second highest ever achieved for the artist as well as an auction record for Mack in Germany.
Other representatives of ZERO also provided a feast for the audience. The entire selection of works by Adolf Luther sold far above their estimates. His piece “Lichtstehle“ from 1980 engaged a collector from northern Germany and achieved a notable 55,040 euros. For 96,000 euros, Otto Piene’s brilliant work “rot rot rot“ moved into new hands. A remarkable work by the so-called “machine painter” Konrad Klapheck surpassed all expectations. The 238.5 x 209 meter-large “Fahrrad” was estimated at 60,000 euros; thanks to a Rheinish collector, it achieved a final result of 218,600 euros. The sale set an international auction record for one of the artist’s preliminary drawings for a painting. Sigmar Polke’s unusual grid work from 1995 had a particularly beguiling effect on bidders, achieving 102,400 euros. Of a block of 18 editions by Gerhard Richter—which was almost entirely sold—it was his “Goldberg Variations” that most captivated the audience. The work will return to the German market for 89,600 euros. Nearly fifteen telephones in the saleroom handled a constant flow of international bids for these works. Both of the short-wave receivers by Isa Genzken attracted great interest. Each object doubled its estimate, ending at 24,320 euros and 42,240 euros, respectively. Bidders also showed strong enthusiasm for works by Jörg Immendorff – each lot was sold. Among the offerings, his 1.4 meter-high bronze “Malerstamm Christian und Otto“ found a new owner for 38,400 euros. For those who admire Immendorff’s oeuvre and were not successful in the present sale, more opportunities await at the upcoming Achenbach Art Auction from June 17 to 20, 2015. The sale will feature around seventy Immendorff Monkeys. Modern Art Van Ham’s selection of works by Karl-Hofer in the spring sale produced thrilling results. “Mädchen mit Amaryllis“ achieved an outstanding result of 204,800 euros and will enter the Swiss market, while a German private collector acquired “Mädchen mit erhobenen Armen“ for 166,400 euros. Equally crucial was the selection of bronzes by Fritz Klimsch, which attracted energetic interest. Among the sixteen works on offer, “In Wind und Sonne“ and “Frühling“ stood out. Each piece sold for 38,400 euros to two German collectors. A fresh-to-the-market work “Relief-Bild farbig“ by the Stuttgart painter Willi Baumeister belonged to an US-American company collection for many years. The painting captured the attention of a Rheinland-based collector, who surpassed the competition with the winning price of 153,600 euros. The self-taught artist Georg Schrimpf counts as one of the most important representations of the New Objectivity. His painting “Zwei Mädchen auf der Ofenbank“ from 1927 found a new owner for 76,800 euros. The impressive wave entitled “Schwerer Nordwest“ by the painter Karl Hagemeister also captivated numerous collectors. The starting price of 25,000 euros quickly dissolved as bids mounted to the final, impressive result of 76,800 euros offered by a German collector. This price constitutes the highest result ever achieved for one of Hagemeister’s “waves”—a beloved and frequent motive in the artist’s oeuvre. Van Ham also achieved a German auction record for the Expressionist Fritz Schaefler. His piece “Wald“ from 1918 will enter a private collection in the Rheinland for 51,200 euros. Approximately twenty telephone bidders participated in the frenzy around ceramic works by Pablo Picassos. Most thrilling proved to be the works “Wood Owl“ and “Laughing-eyed face“. Van Ham achieved an international auction record for each object. Both ceramics went to German collections – the owl sold for 55,040 euros, while the laughing face sold for 42,420 euros. Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting “Femme nue dans un paysage“ from 1907 beguiled an international audience and quickly surpassed its estimate. A German collector secured the work for 76,800 euros.
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