BERLIN, GERMANY.- The anniversary sale at Villa Grisebach Auctions in Berlin realized the highest turnover in the 20-year history of the company. The works of art auctioned off achieved more than 25 million Euros. As usual, the Evening Sale of Selected Works of Art produced the biggest part of the overall sales volume. At 2,186,500 Max Liebermanns oil paintings Woman Watering the Flower Bed rose five times above its estimate, and was sold to a German collector. Lyonel Feiningers High Houses from 1919 fetched 1,726,500 and went to a private collection in New York. A buyer from Switzerland purchased Henry Moores large-scale sculpture Working Model for Three Reclining Figures for 944,500. Other works also produced remarkable results: Karl Schmidt-Rottluffs House in the Snow (749,000), Alexej von Jawlenskys Abstract Head (599,500), Karl Hofers museum worthy Pastorale from 1933 (588,000), Lyonel Feiningers farewell-from-Germany oil painting Dune at Eventide II ( 546,500), and August Mackes Woman with Guitar ( 404,000). Ernst Barlachs early cast Singing Man was sold for 392,500, while Lesser Urys Nightly Street Scene, Berlin went for 185,500. Red Poppies and Laburnum in Blue Vase from the special sale Emil Nolde C Twenty Watercolors was sold for the record price of 335,000. Contemporary artworks realized excellent results as well, for example by artists like Gerhard Richter (438,500), and Matthias Weischer (145,250).
The public interest in art is as strong as never before: More than 1,500 international potential buyers crowded the two auction rooms for three days. At its 20th -anniversary Villa Grisebachs annual turnover will exceed 40 millions for the first time, which clearly states that Berlin is ever more becoming the center of the German art.