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Max Beckmann Shines at Villa Grisebach Sale

The spring auction at Villa Grisebach, Berlin, from June 2-4, yielded E22 million ($26.8 million). It exceeded last year’s figure of E11.5 million by 90 percent and set several artists’ records.

NEW YORK—The spring auction at Villa Grisebach, Berlin, from June 2-4, yielded €22 million ($26.8 million). It exceeded last year’s figure of E11.5 million by 90 percent and set several artists’ records.

Max Beckmann’s Anni (Girl with Fan), 1942, fetched €3.9 million ($4.8 million), becoming the most expensive artwork to sell at auction in Germany, the auctioneer reports. Other highlights: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Half Nude with Raised Arms, 1910, fell for €2 million ($2.4 million) to a Swiss dealer; and Emil Nolde’s Philistines, 1915, brought €1.5 million ($1.83 million) from a German collector bidding against an unidentified American museum.

Contemporary art also produced strong results. Anselm Kiefer’s Donauquelle, 1978, realized €248,750 ($303,475), while Wandel, 1993, an early work on paper by Neo Rauch, went for €55,460 ($67,661), quite above the €30,000 estimate. Calling the results “exceptional,” Villa Grisebach owner Bernd Schultz attributes them to the “outstanding quality of the offered art . . . and the first big international presentation with its New York preview.”

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