Record price for German Vitas patrum
One of the highlights of Venator & Hanstein's book and graphic auctions in Cologne on 29 and 30 March was the "Leben der Heiligen Altväter", a collection of Saint Vites printed around 1482 in Strasbourg. The extremely rare richly illustrated incunabulum, of which no copy had come on the market after the war, went - estimated at € 40,000 - for € 146,000 to a German collector.
A handwritten list of the Nuremberg goldsmith Hans Straub of his commercial transactions made at the Easter Fair in Leipzi g in 1598, comprising only 22 sheets, estimated at € 400, could be sold for € 9,500. The lithographed work "Poème de l'angle droit" by Le Corbusier increased from an estimated € 6,000 to € 10,800.
The portfolio "Hippies" by Salvador Dalí with 11 drypoints was sold for remarkable € 18,000 at an estimated price of € 9,000. The works of Gerhard Richter were very much in demand. A copy of his "Swiss Alps" reached € 15,500 at an estimated price of € 9,000. The offered works by André Thomkins were also sought after: two copies of his 1969 rubber jacket "Rocker" made from slit tire tubes brought together a result of € 10,200 at an estimate of € 3,000; his two palindrome works on enamel signs came from € 2,000 to € 6,700 and 5,300.
An ink-highlighted color lithograph by Joan Miró from "Les essencies de la terra" at an estimate of € 1.200 achieved € 7,000.
The sales rate was around 80% and the total sales just over 1 million euros.