Max Pechstein's masterpiece with painting on both sides achieved a sensational result of 3.500.000* in Ketterer Kunst
's auction of Modern and Contemporary Art. Thus the work did not only set a new world record* for a painting by the artist, it is also the most expensive work sold in an auction in Germany in 2011, said Robert Ketterer.
With this record result Ketterer Kunst is the only auction house which accomplished the highest annual hammer price three times over the past five years in Germany.
The oil painting from 1910 (lot 25) is one of Pechstein's strongest works. Aya Soika, author of the catalog raisonné, brings it to the point by simply calling it one of the artist's best works. A collector from Germany seemed to value this quality as well, relegating national and international competitors from the Ukraine over Great Britain to the USA to places second and beyond. With a result of 3.500.000* he awarded the work with more than five times its starting price.
All in all, the auction of Modern and Contemporary Art made for a terrific atmosphere and new records. The section of Modern Art alone has 17 results beyond the 100.000 mark and a sales quota by lots of 75 percent, as well as a valueincrease quota of 185 percent (ratio between starting- and hammer price) says Robert Ketterer. He continues: Our autumn auctions** realized proceeds of 16.600.000*, some 3,1 million* more than in the second half of 2010.
The auction's focal points were on:
1. Modern Art
2. Post War/Contemporary Art
The December auctions were opened by the section of Modern Art and Max Pechstein's work with painting on both sides definitely was not the only highlight. In general, works by the Brücke artist Pechstein were in high demand, all eight of them were sold at prices far beyond their starting prices.
Conrad Felixmüller's work with painting on both sides Herbst in Klotzsche and Das eingeschlafene Modell II (lot 79) was worth more than a threefold of the starting price of 200.000 to a German collector. He allowed a result of 610.000* and thus beat bidders in the room, on the phones and written bids.
The extensive offer of works by Gabriele Münter was sold almost completely. Occupying the top position is the Murnauer Landschaft (Staffelsee) (lot 43) from 1924, which had captured the heart of a private collector from Southern Germany. Neither bidders in the auction room nor two unrelenting phone bidders could curb his eagerness. For a result of 390.000* (starting price: 180.000) he can now call the beautiful sea view his own. With a result of 268.400* (starting price: 180.000) the work Stillleben mit Madonna (lot 33), acquired by a German private collector, is just slightly below this mark.
Karl Hofer's Mädchen mit Laute (lot 93) was called up with 120.000 and went to a Southern German private collection for 250.000* or more than twice the limit.
Besides Otto Mueller's Zwei Mädchenakte/Zwei sitzende Akte (lot 38, starting price: 75.000, result: 244.000*) and Willi Baumeister's Nocturno mit rotem Segment (lot 109, starting price: 56.000, result: 207.400*) other lots that achieved excellent increases were Erich Heckel's Blick auf die Förde (lot 58, starting price: 24.000, result: 95.000*) and Ewald Mataré's Eule (lot 96, starting price: 22.000, result: 183.000*).
Post War/Contemporary Art
The list of results in this section is led by lot 252, the Figur Flora by Horst Antes, which a German collector made sure for himself at a result of 281.000* (starting price: 65.000) and thus topped the old world record***, also realized by Ketterer Kunst, for a work by the artist.
The work Große Vierung (lot 305) by Martin and Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff also made for great excitement in the auction room, starting at 60.000, it went to the hands of a German collector for a price of 85.000*.
Just as popular was Eberhard Havekost's oil painting Benutzeroberfläche 5 (lot 340). Sought after by bidders from Germany, the large oil painting from 2001 went to a collector from the capital for 83.000*.
Three works by Rupprecht Geiger also aroused desires among bidders, most of all his oil painting 467/67 (lot 201). Despite a good amount of written bids, the hammer eventually went down for one of the numerous phones. At a price of 77.000* the color-intensive work went to an Austrian collector.