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Auction of Rare Books in Hamburg - Picasso entirely sold out

06-03-2014 05:53 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Ketterer Kunst

Hamburg, 26. Mai 2014, (kk) Overall proceeds of EUR 1.5 million* made for excellent results in the two-day auction of Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on 19/20 May. 15 works by the painter genius Pablo Picasso, entirely sold with sharp increases, were particularly sought-after.


No. 116: Apocalypse de Saint Jean, Paris 1961. EUR 79,000* starting price: EUR 62,000
No. 115: Pablo Picasso, The Arts Council of Great Britain. London 1960. EUR 46,000* starting price: EUR 1,400
No. 22: Christoph Jacob Trew, Plantae selectae. Nuremberg 1750-73. EUR 33,000* starting price: EUR 20,000
No. 27: Frederic Moore & Charles Swinhoe, Lepidoptera Indica. London 1890-1913. EUR 29,000* starting price: EUR 20,000
No. 1053: Pablo Picasso, Picasso, à son image. Nice 1956. EUR 24,000* starting price: EUR 350

The line-up was led by Pablo Picasso's dedication copy “The Arts Council of Great Britain“ (lot 115), the signed original chalk drawing adorned the cover of the evening auction's catalog. The number of written bids was definitely beaten by the rush in the salesroom and the amount of phones. Bidders from Germany, Austria, Spain, England and the U.S.A. competed for the work from 1960. A persistent German collector eventually carried the trophy away for a price of EUR 46.000*.

André Verdet's booklet “Picasso à son image“ (lot 1053) with a signed original chalk drawing in colors by the artist, was in the focus of a tremendous interest as well, soaring from EUR 350 to a result of EUR 24.000*, it realized nearly a seventy-fold of its starting price. With 14 written bids, nine phones and a well-attended salesroom, the hot bidding skirmish was eventually stopped by a private collector from Austria, who relegated the international competitors to places second and beyond.

In the section of botanic works it was Christoph Jacob Trew with his unusual book on plants “Plantae selectae“ (lot 22) who took the leading potion. The work, made between 1750 and 1773, was called up at EUR 20.000. Despite strong efforts from German bidders, the work could not be kept in the home country of the Nuremberg artist. An English dealer won the lot for a price of EUR 33,000*.

The colorful work on butterflies “Lepidoptera Indica“ by Frederic Moore & Charles Swinhoe (lot 27) has found a new home in a French collection. The complete and well-preserved copy a rarity of entomological literature climbed from EUR 20,000 to a result of EUR 29.000*.

The tremendously lavish joint project “Apocalypse de Saint Jean“ (lot 116), with 26 original graphic works by, among others, Dalí, Buffet, Fini and Zadkine, is just as rare. Because of a number of deviations, the de-luxe edition has a unique character, accordingly, an American dealer honored the work with a result of EUR 79,000*.

Another remarkable increase was realized by the artist anthology of modern and contemporary graphic works “La Lune en Rodage I“ (lot 121), which entered the race with a starting price of EUR 7,000. Next to the salesroom, a number of written bids and more than half a dozen phone bidders from all over Europe, let the price soar. It was only halted by a collector from Southern Germany at a result of EUR 23.000*.

The same region will be the new home of Giovanni Boccaccio's “Genealogie deorum“ (lot 605). An art trader granted a result of EUR 18,000* after it had been called up at EUR 11,000. This way he surely beat a couple of colleagues from the U.S.A.

Other works that made for good results:

Lot 653, Georg Rüxner, Thurnierbuch. Starting price EUR 9.000, result EUR 14.400*
Lot 628, Isidorus Hispalensis, Etymologiae. Starting price EUR 3.400, result EUR 13.200*
Lot 641, Theophrastus Paracelsus, Von der Frantzösischen kranckheit. Starting price EUR 1.000, result EUR 13.200*

The auction of Maritime and Northern German Art, which is traditionally held in Hamburg right before the auction of Rare Books, should not remain unmentioned. Here a selection of some results:

Lot 1316, Johannes Holst, Hamburger Viermastbark „Pamir“. Starting price EUR 5.000, result EUR 6.000*
Lot 1349, Eduard Bargheer, Das Watt bei Kampen. Starting price EUR 2.500, result EUR 5.280*
Lot 1391, Karl Opfermann, Ummantelte weibliche Figur mit Vogel. Starting price EUR 2.800, result EUR 5.160*

Unsold objects can be purchased in the post auction sale until 20 June, 2014.

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, Düsseldorf and Modena (Italy) contribute substantially to the company's success. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as permanent online auctions on are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.
* The rounded result is the hammer + 20 percent buyer’s premium

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Ketterer Kunst
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81829 München
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Telefon: +49-(0)89-55244-152 (Fax: -177)

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Ketterer Kunst GmbH
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