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Review of the auction year 2012: Koller extends its position as the leading Swiss auction house
Francisco de Goya (Fuentedodos 1746-1828 Bordeaux), Loth and his daughters. Oil on canvas. 91.5x125 cm. CHF 600 000 / 800 000. Sold in September for CHF 2.7 M.

ZURICH.- Koller Auctions concludes the auction year of 2012 with a turnover of around CHF 100 million. Consequently this year this family company remains the Swiss auction house with the strongest turnover and one of the largest auction houses in Europe. The auction program for 2013 aims to strengthen the focus on old and modern art. In addition, the Design auctions, formerly held in Geneva, will now be presented in Zurich.

The excellent annual results can be attributed yet again to the large number of international buyers. Over 70% of the objects sold at auction in 2012 went to Europe, the United States, Russia, England or the Near East. In the Asian Art sector, this figure is higher, with 80 % Chinese buyers, whereas Swiss art goes mostly to the Swiss collections.

Several paintings with results in the millions
With a turnover of over CHF 50 million, the paintings department accounted for around half of the year’s sales total. A museum-quality still life of flowers by the Dutch Old Master Roelant Savery from 1612, selling to a Russian buyer, saw the highest auction result in March with a price of CHF 5.4 million, which was a world record for this artist. Consigned from a private collection, the still life reappeared on the market after a long absence. Having long resided in a private collection as the work of an unknown master, and then recognised by the experts at Koller as an early work by the Spanish master Francisco de Goya, the painting “Lot and his daughters” found a new owner in September, selling for many times its estimate with a price of CHF 2.7 million. Koller Auctions was therefore one of the few auction houses in the last ten years to offer a major work by Goya.

In the Modern Art sector in 2012 two paintings by Salvador Dalì and Paul Signac were amongst the top lots. In December Dalì’s “Paysage du Port Lligat avec anges familiers et pêcheurs” sold to a private buyer for CHF 4.4 million, while a smaller early work “Venus y cubidillos” from 1925 sold in June for CHF 2.03 million. Paul Signac recorded a very good result of CHF 1.83 million with a smaller work “Bateaux au mouillage à Locmalo” in June, before the sale at auction of his late work “Les Andelys - Château Gaillard” in December, which went to a private collection for a price of CHF 4.16 million.

In the Swiss Art sales, alongside excellent hammer prices for Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti, Cuno Amiet and Félix Vallotton, of especial note this year were three sales of works by Albert Anker, which crossed the million mark. Since the auction house set the record for Anker with a sale price of 7.3 million in December 2011, two further paintings by Anker were sold in June and in December, both exceeding three million Swiss Francs.

Top specialist knowledge in Asian Art and Antiquities
The involvement of Koller Auctions on an international level, with representatives around the world, has also had a positive effect in the Asian Art sector, with an annual turnover of over CHF 10 million. In May and October, various high quality Tibetan bronze sculptures from Swiss private collections were sold. Amongst the top ten lots was a bronze sculpture of the Buddhist goddess Pancaraksha which sold in October for a world record price of CHF 3.24 million to a telephone bidder.

International collectors of antiques were especially well provided for with the sale of four outstanding complete collections. In March the sale by auction of the Luigi Nessi collection of 900 lots of antique tools, scientific instruments and articles of daily use with a sales quota of almost 90% caused quite a stir. At the same time Koller Auctions offered a collection of 150 objects from the historically significant estate of the Counts zu Münster / Barons of Grothaus, including the sceptre bestowed by King George IV, which symbolised the status of Marshall of the Kingdom of Hanover granted to the family in 1817. In June, the inventory of the Basel gallery “Antiquités Ségal” came to auction, one of the oldest and most renowned antiques businesses in Switzerland. In December Koller Auctions again achieved an outstanding result with the collection of 176 bronzes of the French sculptor Pierre-Jules Mêne.

The auction program 2013
From 2013 there will be some slight changes to the auction program at Koller Auctions. As usual, in March and September there will be auctions of Old Master and 19th Century Paintings, Old Prints, Books, Furniture, Carpets, Porcelain, Silver, Sculpture, as well as Koller West and Jewellery sales. In June and December the focus will be entirely on Modern and Contemporary art. Paintings, Prints, Sculptures, Design and objects from the 20th and 21st centuries will be offered at auction.

Last Week News

December 23, 2012

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library opens new exhibits after multi million dollar renovation

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov organize exhibition of their work with that of El Lissitzky at Van Abbemuseum

New exhibition 'Princesses' of the Mediterranean in the dawn of History opens at the Museum of Cycladic Art

Comprehensive overview exhibition of Ernst Wilhelm Nay's work on view at Kunstmuseum Bonn

Form Color Space: Aurel Scheibler opens new space with exhibition focusing on four German artists

Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn installs an incredible number of objects reminiscent of an airport

Angela at 80: Exhibition at Flowers Gallery celebrates Angela's 80th birthday

Christie's in Paris announces charity sale to benefit "Villages and People" NGO

Career overview of the work by visionary artist Sturtevant on view at Kunsthalle Zurich

Exhibition at La Malmaison Arts Centre in Cannes presents works by French photographer André Villers

Pour une grammaire du hasard: Works by five artists in exhibition at Kunsthalle Fribourg

Race to the Remix challenges public to create exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Cynthia-Reeves announces Soo Sunny Park installation at Cranbrook Art Museum

Low-water rivers offering up glimpse of history

RM Group of companies enjoys significant growth and record $360 million in auction sales during 2012

Thea Djordjadze's sculptures, organisms and indeterminable landscapes on view at Malmo Konsthall

Artist Michael Najjar completes first phase of cosmonaut training

Exhibition focuses not on physical location but on our connection with other places

Mount Rushmore to be featured on new quarter

December 22, 2012

Exhibition at Ariana Museum in Geneva reflects on agriculture and nutrition as art

Christie's announces a sale devoted to the artistic traditions that flourished in Europe from 1300 to 1600

Recently discovered 15th century masterwork to be offered at Sotheby's New York

Mexico's Maya heartland greets dawn of new era; Calendar cycle might not really end until Sunday

Two Greeks jailed for life over illegal antiquities, two more men for 20 and 16 years

Marilyn Monroe subway grate photo by Sam Shaw on view at 42nd Street in New York City

The Collection de l'Art Brut opens first European solo show devoted to Morton Bartlett

Rossi & Rossi announces spectacular Tibetan work from acclaimed Bronze exhibition at TEFAF Maastricht

Six artists from the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland and France exhibit at Kunsthalle Basel

Most concrete legacy of ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, draws pop stars and presidents

British Prince Andrew's ex-partner actress Koo Stark denies 'painting theft'

Simon de Pury steps down as Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company; The Mercury Group acquires company

Akron Art Museum's 90th anniversary year crescendos with a pledge of a major gift

Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation announces winners of Contemporary Drawing Prize

Paddington bares all in new station artwork

Hamburger Kunsthalle exhibits the work of Artist and author Annette Wehrmann

Kaminski Auctions announces 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Sale

Puerto Rican team wins Haitian cathedral contest

Georgia rebuilds Stalin monuments

December 21, 2012

Mexican archaeologists find another 1,200 year-old grave at Atzompa in Oaxaca

RISD museum opens an exhibition of beautiful and rarely seen prints and books

Louvre cements spot as world's most-visited museum; website seen more than 11 million visitors

Guggenheim Museum in New York acquires sculpture by artist Mark Grotjahn

Collection of paintings recording life behind the German trenches during World War I to go on sale

MoMA presents Christian Marclay's groundbreaking video installation "The Clock"

The Playmate as fine art: Seven contemporary artists interpret Playboy's iconic centerfold

Vancouver Art Gallery announces major donation of photographs by Robert Frank and Charles Gagnon

Christie's New York announces it will offer over 400 lots during Americana Week in January 2013

Bonhams in London appoints Matthew Haley as Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Anonymous benefactor buys Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1950s home in Phoenix

$66 million Thomas Kinkade estate dispute secretly settled by wife and girlfriend of artist

Rare watch by George Daniels sets new world auction record at £1.7 million Bonhams sale

Cant' afford art? Why not barter? Art4Barter holds twelfth exhibition this weekend

Greenpeace protest at Louvre targets French airport project

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' package mystery solved

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian launches new website for students

America's signature for freedom series fountain pens lead Bonhams Fine Writing Instruments Sale

Jackson glove sells for record-breaking $200K

Early Colt revolver brings $284,410 in $1.8+ million Heritage Arms & Armor event

December 20, 2012

Field Museum cutting staff, overhauling operations and limiting the scope of its research

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

'Breakfast at Tiffany's' among 25 selections added to United States film registry

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Tower Hamlets Council's ownership of Henry Moore's 'Old Flo' challenged by Bromley

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

Colby College Museum of Art's 26,000-square-foot Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion to open in July

Sotheby's New York 20th Century Design & Tiffany Studios Sales total $12,877,127

BJ and Richeille Formento present photographs as part of a group exhibition at Edelman Arts

The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited ventures into London for the first time in January 2013

Bonhams to present art of the South Seas Sale in San Francisco in February 2013

Atlanta's High Museum of Art to host Collectors Evening to build permanent collection

First exhibition in the UK of Croatian artist Sanja Iveković opens at The South London Gallery

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Lluís Barba reworks iconic artworks in new exhibition at Dean Project

Art Asia Miami 2012 concludes its fifth year with strong sales and VIP attendance

December 19, 2012

Israel puts 5,000 images of the Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Remains of man in armour found at 'Pompeii of Japan' by Gunma Archaeological Research Foundation

United States Geological Survey tracks the story of the Russian Crown jewels found in rare book

Contemporary artist Jeff Koons joins Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali in wine label art club

Sotheby's New York to offer The Andy Williams Collection of Navajo blankets in May 2012

Popol Vuh: The Mayan spiritual and philosophical book that remained secret until 1701

Wreck of Soviet submarine sunk during World War II found in Baltic sea: Sweden military

Joyce Pensato to receive 2012 Robert De Niro Sr. Prize for achievement in painting

Malaysian art boom is under way as industry seeks to replicate rampant success in other markets

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

New work by Roger Hiorns included in first solo museum exhibition in the Netherlands

Bonhams Period Art & Design Sale in San Francisco achieves strong results across categories

Four new exhibitions at the Israel Museum showcase wide range of styles and media

Garden Museum acquires unique Harold Gilman portrait

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

LA Art Show 2013 to feature top galleries, blockbuster special exhibitions

Teacher sole heir of $7.4M gold coin fortune

Custer items rule Heritage Auctions $2.5+ Million December Americana event

Spanish botched fresco artist sells work on eBay

December 18, 2012

Moscow Design Museum opens with an exhibition of Soviet post-war design

Louvre boss Henri Loyrette to step down at the end of his current term of office

Exhibition offers unique chance to see one of Picasso's masterworks in an intimate setting

National Portrait Gallery in London buys artist Craigie Aitchison's own slashed self-portrait

Gail Albert Halaban reimagines famous watercolors by Edward Hopper in exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery

French actress wins case against mother French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco's explicit photos

Art dealer Dorsey Waxter appointed President of the Art Dealers Association of America

Works by Siobhan Hapaska & Stephen McKenna combined in new exhibition at Kerlin Gallery

The Whitney Museum of American Art celebrates the topping out of its future home

Bryan Adams 'Exposed' embarks on tour, Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas is first stop

New book shows uninterrupted series of photographs of North Korea's former leader looking at things

Rescued from a tag sale, Garrard centerpiece brings $32,500 at Heritage Auctions

Swedish Transport Agency says artist Fredrik Saeker can use painting as driving licence pic

Art on the Underground collaborate with BFI to present films from the National Archive at Canary Wharf

Definitional Disruptions with Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben at Kunstraum

'Styling an American Family' features 1910s fashion at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission awarded to Angelica Mesiti

Contested Chinese seal auctioned in Paris for 1.1 mln euros

Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah's Ark

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

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