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Buyers express their wider taste

German end-of-year auctions include more varied artists and styles beyond the familiar names

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WORKS by German Expressionist painters were, not surprisingly, among the most expensive works in the Modern art sales held around Germany in November and early December.

Strong results were secured by familiar names such as Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann, Franz Ludwig Kirchner and Lyonel Feininger.

But these predictable results were augmented by strong sums for works by the Berlin Secessionist sculptor Georg Kolbe, a trademark winter sporting scene from the hand of Austrian Alfons Walde and the €1.7m (£1.44m) paid for the restituted drawing by the 19th century artist Schnorr von Carolsfeld (discussed in News, ATG No 2271).

Highest turnover

The German-American Feininger (1871-1956) topped the bill in a series of art sales held by Grisebach (25% buyer’s premium) in Berlin from November 30-December 3 to mark the firm’s 30th trading year.

This was not only the most successful series in its history but, with a premium-inclusive total of €34m (£28.3m), it also generated the highest turnover of any German auction series since 1945.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.