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Top level from 2007 capped - 2010 achieves best annual balance

12-17-2010 11:28 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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The best result of the year: Robert Ketterer auctions Ernst Ludwig Kirchner?s ?Kinderköpfchen? for EUR 1.450.000.

The best result of the year: Robert Ketterer auctions Ernst Ludwig Kirchner?s ?Kinderköpfchen? for EUR 1.450.000.

Munich, 15 December 2009, (kk) - A total result of EUR 26 million*, that is the excellent final figure for Ketterer Kunst‘s 2010 business year. “This time we even excelled the top result of 2007, which was the record year in our company’s history“, said Robert Ketterer. And what is particularly impressive is that this result was achieved with 27 percent less objects than in 2007.

TOP Results in 2010:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Kinderköpfchen . Result EUR 1.740.000*, Starting price: 400.000 EUR
Richard Ziegler - Die Polizei . Result EUR 610.000*, Starting price: 45.000 EUR
Gabriele Münter - Landschaft mit Sonnenblumen. Result EUR 390.000*, Starting price: 180.000 EUR
Wladimir G. von Bechtejeff – Reptilien. Result EUR 378.000*, Starting price: 180.000 EUR
Gabriele Münter - Beim Malen. Result EUR 366.000*, Starting price: EUR 220.000 EUR
Günther Uecker - Feld (Haut). Result EUR 354.000*, Starting price: 160.000 EUR
Martin Kippenberger - Kleiner Verkehr... Result EUR 354.000*, Starting price: 290.000 EUR
Gabriele Münter - Landschaft am Meer. Result EUR 329.000*, Starting price: 80.000 EUR
Emil Nolde – Marschlandschaft. Result EUR 317.000*, Starting price: 100.000 EUR
Gabriele Münter - Landschaft mit Haus in Oberau. Result EUR 317.000*, Starting price: 180.000 EUR
Gabriele Münter – Staffelsee. Result EUR 256.000*, Starting price: 100.000 EUR
László Moholy-Nagy - Landschaft mit Häusern. Result EUR 250.000*, Starting price: 140.000 EUR

Robert Ketterer continues:

“It once more comes to show that quality and a certain newness on the market are the decisive criteria. This year we made our selection even more discerning. Even though this meant we couldn‘t include all works we had been offered into our auctions, the result proves that our way is right. The excellent sales quota and the record results also speak for it. In the end, everyone involved benefits and the atmosphere couldn’t be any better.“

Modern Art & Post War/Contemporary Art

This section** alone, including the special auction Sidelines of the German Avant-garde, grossed some EUR 20 million*. The list of desired objects is led by German artists: While top lots in the section of Contemporary Art came from Gotthard Graubner, Jörg Immendorff, Martin Kippenberger, Johann Georg Müller, Gerhard Richter and Günther Uecker, it was artists such as Conrad Felixmüller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabriele Münter, Emil Nolde and Richard Ziegler, whose oil painting “Die Polizei“ did not only make for the sharpest increase in the December auction but also for a new world record price***, who caused a furore in the section of Modern Art.

Old Masters & Art of the 19th Century

This section brought forth a very solid result of some EUR 1,6 million*, around EUR 400.000 more than in 2009. Besides Hendrik Willem Mesdag‘s “Die Rückkehr der Fischer“ with a result of EUR 144.000* (starting price EUR 30.000) Ludwig von Hofmann‘s oil painting “Tanzfries“, which made for a six-fold of

its starting price of EUR 25.000 with the result of EUR 172.000*, is particularly worthwhile mentioning. Other big names were Karl Blechen, Edward Theodore Compton, Franz von Defregger, Albrecht Dürer, Christian Friedrich Gille, Francisco de Goya, Eduard von Grützner, Samuel van Hogstraaten (ascribed) and Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.

Rare Books - Manuscripts - Autographs - Decorative Prints

An overall result of around EUR 3,2 million* was more than satisfying in this section, as it did not only top last year’s result by EUR 800.000, it even was the best result in 20 years. “What made me especially happy is that both evening auctions were quite popular, which led to a sensational sales quota of above 100 percent (ratio between starting price and hammer price)“, said Christoph Calaminus, auctioneer and head of the department of Rare Books.

The 2010 Top Three in All Sections

Modern Art

1) Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Kinderköpfchen. Result: EUR 1.740.000*, starting price: EUR 400.000, hammer price: EUR 1.450.000

2) Richard Ziegler - Die Polizei. Result: EUR 610.000*, starting price: EUR 45.000, hammer price: EUR 500.000

3) Gabriele Münter - Landschaft mit Sonnenblumen. Result: EUR 390.000*, starting price: EUR 180.000, hammer price: EUR 320.000

Post War/Contemporary Art

1) Günther Uecker - Feld (Haut). Result: EUR 354.000*, Starting price: EUR 160.000, Hammer price: EUR 290.000

2) Martin Kippenberger - Kleiner Verkehr... Result: EUR 354.000*, Starting price: EUR 290.000, Hammer price: EUR 290.000

3) Günther Uecker - Weißer Schrei. Result: EUR 220.000*, Starting price: EUR 120.000 Hammer price: EUR 180.000

Old Masters and Art of the 19th Century

1) Ludwig von Hofmann – Tanzfries. Result: EUR 172.000*, starting price: EUR 25.000, hammer price: EUR 141.000

2) Hendrik Willem Mesdag - Die Rückkehr der Fischer. Result: EUR 144.000*, starting price: EUR 30.000, hammer price: EUR 118.000

3) Karl Blechen – Verwitterter Baumstamm. Result: EUR 90.000*, starting price: EUR 10.000, hammer price: EUR 74.000

Rare Books - Manuscripts - Autographs - Decorative Prints

1) Hartmann Schedel - Das Buch der Chroniken, 1493. Result: EUR 264.000*, starting price: EUR 40.000, hammer price: EUR 220.000

2) Hugo Grotius - De iure belli ac pacis, 1625. Result: EUR 126.000*, starting price: EUR 40.000, hammer price: EUR 105.000

3) Manuskript-Florilegium - Fleurs du Printemps et de L'Este, 17. Jh. Result: EUR 70.000*, starting price: EUR 35.000, hammer price: EUR 58.000

Valid until November 2010:
* The result is the hammer price + 22 percent buyer’s premium for objects up to EUR 500.000, + 20 percent buyer’s premium for objects starting at EUR 500.001

Valid since December 2010:
* The result is the hammer price + 25 percent buyer’s premium for objects up to EUR 25.000, + 22 percent buyer’s premium for objects from EUR 25.001 to EUR 500.000, + 20 percent buyer’s premium for objects starting at EUR 500.001

** Unlike other German auction houses Ketterer Kunst holds it auction season on several days.

*** Source:

Valid for the section of Rare Books:
* The result is the hammer prices + 20 percent buyer’s premium

Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in fine art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg and Krefeld have contributed substantially to the company's success. Ketterer Kunst has further rounded off its portfolio with the prestigious Ernest Rathenau Verlag, New York/Munich. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as online auctions are regular events at Ketterer Kunst.. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and company owner.


Ketterer Kunst
Joseph-Wild-Str. 18
81829 München
Tel. +49-(0)55244-444
Fax.: +49-(0)55244-177

For press enquiries:
Michaela Derra M.A.
Telefon: +49-(0)89-55244-152 (Fax: -177)

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