123rd Art Auction, Contemporary Art

Friedensreich Hundertwasser*
(Vienna 1928–2000 near Brisbane, Australia)
831 Tender Dinghi, 1982

TOP LOT: Friedensreich HUNDERTWASSER, Tender Dinghi, 1982

With its transformation of a worn-out old boat into a rowboat floating dreamily on the waves of a rainbow’s luminous hues, this work by Friedensreich Hundertwasser scored the dreamy price of € 350,000 / € 441,000 after an exciting and hard-fought bidding war at yesterday evening’s contemporary art auction. By setting this WORLD-RECORD PRICE both for a 1980s painting and for a painting in this format, Tender Dinghi of 1982 catapulted itself into the topmost price range for a work by this artist and also ended up as the overall top lot of our 123rd Art Auction!

Arnulf RAINER, Bridge, 1951

In the young painter Arnulf Rainer, the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Paris awakened an urge for renewal and liberation: the result was Bridge, a key work in his development as an artist. This fact was not lost on bidders, for which reason its new owner ended up paying € 220,000 / € 277,200—an impressive new RECORD for a painting from this early creative phase!

Gerhard RICHTER, Grey, 1973

The late 1960s saw Gerhard Richter develop a series of Grey paintings, all of them in a similar, nearly square format. One of these, created in 1973, was bid up to a new RECORD PRICE yesterday at Kinsky, with the hammer going down at € 190,000 / € 239,400!

Max WEILER, Ihres, 1961

In the oeuvre of Max Weiler, the series Als alle Dinge stands at the threshold to a purely abstract style of painting. These days, it is rare indeed for a painting from this series to be available on the market—so it is no wonder that the present work easily rose to € 90,000 / € 13,400!

Altogether, this highly successful auction of contemporary art achieved a proud result of ca. € 2.1 million / € 2.6 million!

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