Triumph of Contemporary Art

The first Evening Sale of our firm on 1 December was a tremendous event and crowned the twenty-five-year history of the company with a impressively successful auction! After kicking off with a crowd-pulling Art Nouveau auction and a no less popular event focusing on Modern & Impressionist Art on Friday afternoon, Saturday was devoted completely to Contemporary Art! In the afternoon nearly 80 per cent of the lots on offer were sold, many with very exciting bidding! The Evening Sale, with some sixty selected works from important periods of noted artists of modern and contemporary art, then provided an impressive finale!

New world records were set for Maria Lassnig, Hans Bischoffshausen, Norbertine Bresslern-Roth and Rudolf Polanszky at this 125th Auction at im Kinsky!

Contemporary Art

Maria Lassnig, as always, breaks all records! Her fantastic whirling skull in the form of a Corkscrew stirred up the bidders as well, who didn’t stop until they had reached the €400,000 mark – equalling the previous record price for this extraordinarily powerful painter!
WORLD RECORD € 400,000 / € 504,000!

Franz West was, as expected, a big draw for collectors! The bidding for this work from the late 1990s, with its playful, enigmatic amorphous structure, soared to €120,000, thereby nearly doubling the starting price!

Hans Bischoffshausen’s outstanding painting object, as expected, attained a new price mark for this long-unrecognized painter of absolute Minimalist art! An Austrian collector acquired the Mutter am Kreuz for a new WORLD RECORD price of €140,000!
WORLD RECORD € 140,000 / € 176,400!

Rudolf Polanszky is one of the great favourites among long-overlooked artists – which was confirmed at im Kinsky. A price surge in the bidding on this outstanding work resulted in a WORLD RECORD winning bid of €42,000.
WORLD RECORD €42,000 / €52,920!

Maria Lassnig (1919 – 2014)
Korkenziehermann (Corkscrew Man), 1986
Oil on canvas, 205 x 134.5 cm
Sold for €504,000

Franz West* (1947 – 2012)
WT, end of the 1990s
Papier mâché, metal, plastic lid (paint bucket); H. 68 cm
sold for €151,200

Hans Bischoffshausen* (1927 – 1987)
Mutter am Kreuz (Mother on the Cross), 1975, enamel on chipboard
perforated and burned, 171 x 65 cm
sold for €176,400

Rudolf Polanszky* (b. 1956)
WT, 2005; mixed media on canvas
160 x 241 cm
sold for €52,920

Modern & Impressionist Art

WORLD RECORD for Norbertine Bresslern-Roth
She has for many years counted among Austria’s most sought-after female artists, and at this auction her singular depiction of bisons in a Snowstorm achieved a sensational world record price of €255,000!
Her two other works, Belagerung and Pastorale, attained equally impressive results, going for €130,000 (selling price €163,800) and €150,000
(selling price €189,000), respectively!
WORLD RECORD €255,000 / €321,000!

Franz Sedlacek’s mysterious forest landscape from an old Austrian private collection sparked a spirited bidding war that nearly doubled the starting price by the time the hammer fell at €250,000! The auction house im Kinsky demonstrated yet again its competence with regard to Franz Sedlacek’s unusual and fantastic work. The painting will now become part of a noted Austrian collection.

Werner Berg was another star of the Modern Art auction! The rhythmically arranged profile of the Spieler (Gamblers) elicited great enthusiasm among the attendees. The winning bid of €170,000 topped the previous record set at im Kinsky!

Norbertine Bresslern-Roth (1891 – 1978)
Schneesturm (Snowstorm), 1971; oil on jute, 85 x 98 cm
sold for €321,000

Franz Sedlacek (1891 – 1945)
Waldlandschaft mit Jäger (Forest Landscape with Hunter), 1928
Oil on wood, 79 x 74 cm
sold for €315,000

Werner Berg* (1904 – 1981)
Spieler (Gamblers), 1962
Oil on canvas; 64 x 89 cm
sold for €214,000

Art Nouveau

Josef Hoffmann was perhaps the premier jewellery designer of Art Nouveau, and his delicate pendant, made of silver and iridescent mother-of-pearl enthralled not only the original wearer, Klimt’s muse Emilie Flöge, but also the winning bidder, who acquired the object for €60,000.

Dagobert Peche and the frame-maker Max Welz, Franz Hagenauer, and international Art Deco were among the other top lots at the Art Nouveau auction!

Josef Hoffmann (1870 – 1956)
Chain with Pendant
Silver, mother-of-pearl; 6.3 x 3.2 cm (pendant);
sold for €75,600

Dagobert Peche (1887 – 1923)
Frame, Max Welz, 1922
Lime wood, 48 x 32.5 cm
sold for €21,400

Franz Hagenauer (1906 – 1986)
Kopfskulptur (Head Sculpture)
Maple; H 55 cm
sold for €17,600

Paul Philippe (1870 – 1930)
Russian Dancer
Bronze, H. 58.3 cm
sold for €21,400