Auction House

Strong results and a world record on 16 & 17 December

19.12.2021 / Modern Art and Contemporary Art

Gustav Klimt
"Schwebender Akt mit ausgebreiteten Armen (Studie für "Medizin")“
Schwarze Kreide auf Papier
45,4 x 32 cm

Modern Art

The third day of the auction proved the enduring strength of classical modernism. It began with drawings by Gustav Klimt, including a "Floating nude with outstretched arms", which achieved 115,500 EUR.

Alfons Walde
um 1930
Öltempera auf Karton
29,7 x 15,4 cm

As usual, pictures of Alfons Walde were hotly contested.  An early still life from 1913 found a new owner for 99,000 EUR, while a typical winter motif such as the "Farmer Mother" went for 223,500 EUR.

Oskar Mulley
1930er Jahre
Öl auf Leinwand
86 x 160,5 cm

Definitely worth mentioning is another Tyrolean, Oskar Mulley,who is enjoying increasing popularity. His "Mountain Village" from the 1930s climbed to 68,000 EUR.

Werner Berg
„Keusche im Winter“
Öl auf Leinwand
40,5 x 100,5 cm

As always, Werner Berg drew a lot of attention. A "Hut in Winter" went to a bidder for 160,000 EUR. His woodcuts, which mostly exceeded their upper estimate, were also very popular.

Martha Jungwirth
Öl auf Leinwand; gerahmt
130 x 95 cm

Contemporary Art

The last day of the auction began with a bang – the works of the artist Martha Jungwirth set new world records. Not only was one painting able to almost double its previous best price at auctions, but three pictures broke through their upper estimates by far. For the most expensive (untitled) work from 2011, the hammer fell at 197,000 EUR. A small work on cardboard also aroused great interest and brought in 20,000 EUR. This points to the great increase in value of the artist during the last year, which  is being successfully placed internationally by her gallery Ropac.

Rudolf Polanszky
Mischtechnik auf Leinwand; ungerahmt
222,5 x 157 cm

Rudolf Polanszky easily holds his high price levels of the last auctions. Two large, untitled paintings  by the artist from 2003 and 2005 respectively each brought in EUR 79,500.

Ernst Fuchs
„Cinderella I“
Öl auf Leinwand; gerahmt
180 x 109 cm

In the second part of the extensive auction, a bidding war for Ernst Fuchs 'Cinderella' created a great buzz. The picture was sold for 158,000 EUR.

Acryl auf Leinwand; ungerahmt
200 x 260 cm

Like numerous paintings by the artist VOKA, it belonged to the Stronach Collection. VOKA’s works  also enjoyed great popularity. One example is a large-scale "horse race", which achieved 50,500 EUR. (Alexandra Markl)