BERLIN.- To coincide with the auction houses 25-year anniversary, Villa Grisebach was entrusted with the largest number of works of art to date. 1,463 paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and photographs will be auctioned in Berlin in six sales during four days for the first time (from November 23 to 26). Major works by the most important German Expressionists adorn the broad offerings: Emil Noldes Sonnenblumen im Abendlicht (estimate EUR 1,2-1,5 million), August Mackes paradise version of Landschaft mit Bauer, Junge und Ziege (EUR 700,000-1,000,000), created in 1914 only a few weeks before the artists death, Max Beckmanns Elefant und Clown im Stall (EUR 700,000-900,000), Ernst Ludwig Kirchners Die Violinistin (EUR 500,000-700,000), and Karl Schmidt-Rottluffs Stilleben mit Aepfeln und Flasche (EUR 400,000-600,000). The medium pre-sale estimate of all works amounts to EUR 22,6 million the highest since Villa Grisebachs founding in 1986.
Important works by Gerhard Richter (Abstraktes Bild, 1992, EUR 180,000-240,000) and Sigmar Polke (Untitled, 1999, EUR 180,000-240,000) were secured for the contemporary art offerings. The squad of young German painters, including Eberhard Havekost, Tim Eitel and Norbert Bisky, is represented in numerous works. In the suite of anniversary auctions post-war art is published in a separate catalog. Highlights are three important works, all created in 1962, by ZERO artists Otto Piene (Untitled (Rauchbild), EUR 40,000-60,000) , Heinz Mack (Homage à Steinway & Sons, EUR 100,000-150,000), and Guenther Uecker (Greenbox III, EUR 90,000-120,000).
For the first time Villa Grisebach will be holding an auction of art of the 19th century. A painting by Adolph Menzel, Zwei friderizianische Offiziere im Gespraech (EUR 140,000-160,000) stands out with the highest estimate. Further offerings include works in oil by John Constable (EUR 40,000-60,000), Carl Blechen (EUR 20,000-25,000), Johann Georg Dillis (EUR 9,000-12,000), and Friedrich Nerly (EUR 50,000-70,000).
The photography sale features as highlights a rare print from the Bus Riders series by Cindy Sherman (EUR 9,000-12,000) and two large works from Hiroshi Sugimotos theatre series (EUR 16,000-20,000). The top lot in modern photographs is Ansel Adamss Storm over the Great Plains of 1960 (EUR 10,000-15,000).