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Bids to put Malta on the map at German auction

30 March 2020

Objects relating to the rich history of Malta are perennial favourites at auction. This large early 18th century oil on canvas depicting a map of islands in the Maltese archipelago proved particularly popular in a sale of 15th to 19th century pictures held by Lempertz in Cologne.

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Elizabethan silver makes rare appearance in German auction

12 March 2020

Elizabethan silver rarely appears at auctions in continental Europe, so an upcoming collection being offered for sale at Koller in Zurich is something of a special occasion.

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Bonhams expands in Germany with new classic car auction

03 March 2020

Auction house Bonhams has picked The Schloss Dyck Classic Days Festival as the location for a new classic car auction in Germany.

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Flemish artist takes the long view

02 March 2020

It is safe to say that the canvas 'Panorama of the River Scheldt with the Silhouette of Antwerp', executed by the Flemish artist Mathieu Ignace van Bree (1773-1839) in the late 18th century, will not be the most expensive painting sold in Germany this year.

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Burning question from Charles Dickens

02 March 2020

One of the many memorable scenes in Charles Dickens’ 'Bleak House' was the portrayal of the apparent spontaneous combustion of Mr Krook, leaving “the cinder of a small charred and broken log of wood sprinkled with white ashes”.

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All-in-one kit for artists

02 March 2020

This well-fitted maple wood artist’s box comes with numerous watercolours, mixing bowls and a small folding easel.

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Rare version of Meissen's modern coffee service emerges Dusseldorf

02 March 2020

Having been heavily criticised for its antiquated designs at the World Exhibition of 1900 in Paris, the Meissen porcelain factory commissioned avant-garde designers to produce more vibrant pieces.

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Picture that moves with the times

02 March 2020

Throughout the 19th century, picture clocks were popular in many German-speaking parts of Europe.

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Example of silver Shekel which became symbol of revolt offered in Germany

02 March 2020

Just under 600 lots in the extensive March 16-20 auction at Künker in Osnabrück come from the Samel collection. This highly important collection was put together by Josef Samel and his sister Angela Arluk, who were born in Poland, but settled in Munich after the war.

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Silver medal celebrating Jacobite defeat emerges at Munich auction

02 March 2020

A silver medal on offer at Gorny & Mosch in Munich on March 9-10 commemorates the last pitched battle fought on the British mainland.

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Raphael in beaker form

02 March 2020

Raphael’s painting 'Madonna della sedia' is one of the most familiar images of Western art and has been copied by artists since its inception in 1513.

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Märklin pioneer plane offered at auction in Germany

10 February 2020

This clockwork monoplane manufactured by Märklin in 1914 was one of numerous early 20th century tin toys made by German manufacturers to celebrate the achievements of the early pioneers of flight.

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Moigniez bronze bird flies into German auction

27 January 2020

When he was only 20, the French sculptor Jules Moigniez exhibited one of his works at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1855.

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Kangaroo chair is from Chandigarh project offered in Munich

27 January 2020

In 1952, India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru commissioned the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier to design and construct the north Indian city of Chandigarh.

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Bible that sets out its time, place, date – and printer

20 January 2020

Among the very earliest printed works sold at auction at the end of last year was a beautifully illuminated Biblia Latina printed in August 1462, just seven years after the great Gutenberg Bible.

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Buyers spoilt for choice as German auction houses hold their autumn Asian offerings

06 January 2020

German auction houses traditionally hold their autumn sales of Asian art towards the end of the season and this year collectors and dealers were spoilt for choice.

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Wall-to-wall vintage in Berlin

28 December 2019

One of Europe’s biggest street parties on New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Berlin, which attracts visitors in their thousands.

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Greek life in a German studio

23 December 2019

When Theodoros Patros Vryzakis (1814-78) was only a young boy, his father was executed by the Turks during the Greek War of Independence.

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Photo portraits and postcard are pick of a Berlin auction

23 December 2019

A set of famous and highly collectable photographic portraits by a well known photographer and a rare postcard painted by a German Expressionist were two highlights of an auction at Berlin saleroom Grisebach (30/25% buyer’s premium) on November 27.

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Sale serves up a moveable feast

09 December 2019

Copy of only the fourth book to be printed using the new types comes to auction