Auction house Cologne

Auction House Cologne

Welcome to our auction house in Cologne

Last year, Kunsthaus Lempertz celebrated its 175th anniversary, and with it, its position as the world’s oldest family-owned auction house. For over 100 years, the auction house has held its main location in Cologne’s city centre. 
Art and culture have a long history in the Rhine metropolis. With a variety of galleries, renowned museums such as the Museum Ludwig or the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum as well as ART COLOGNE, the oldest art fair in the world, Cologne’s city centre is today one of the most important international art market locations.


Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
50667 Cologne
T +49 (0)221 925729-0
F +49 (0) 221 925729-6


Tram 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 18, E
Bus 136/ 146 Neumarkt
CONTIPARK Parking, Cäcilienstraße 32 (Motel One )
APCOA Parking, Cäcilienstraße 33 (next to Schnütgen Museum )


Monday - Friday:
9 am - 1 pm
2 pm - 5:30 pm
Our house is closed on Saturdays in July and August.

Auctions in spring and autumn

Sales take place in the auction house in Cologne twice a year – in spring and autumn. The season is always opened by the auction for Paintings and Drawings 15th – 19th Centuries. This is followed by Jewellery, then Decorative Arts and Old Masters. Two weeks later, Photography, Modern and Contemporary Art are auctioned, and the season is rounded off by Asian Art. 
Outside of Cologne, the Prussian Sale takes places each spring in Berlin, whilst in Brussels, the auctions of African and Oceanic Art and lempertz:projects are held. Furthermore, Kunsthaus Lempertz has worked in cooperation with the French auction house Artcurial on collaborative jewellery auctions in Monte Carlo for many years.

Buy artworks at our auctions

You have various possibilities of buying your chosen object in our auctions:
You can bid live in the auction room, submit a written bid at any location, or register as a telephone bidder or an online bidder.

Buy art

Discover here how you can successfully bid for your chosen object in our auctions

Buy art

Artist index

Find all artworks by a particular artist offered by us

Artist index

Conditions of purchase

Here you can find information regarding the generally accepted conditions of sale

Conditions of purchase

Let us auction your artworks

Would you like to have a work auctioned? With a very long tradition, knowledgeable experts and around 20 auctions each year, Lempertz offers everything you need for your object to achieve a top price.

Sell art

Find out how you can sell a work of art at Lempertz

Sell art

Conditions of Consignment

Here you can find information regarding the generally accepted conditions of consignment

Conditions of Consignment

Sell a collection

Your collection in a Lempertz auction

Sell a collection

Your consignment

Are you interested in an auction next season? At Lempertz Cologne, we are already looking forward to your consignments. Our experts are happy to evaluate your art object:

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Local consignments in Cologne welcome at any time

Our experts for the various art fields are available almost all year round in our house and available to advise on a valuation at any time. Whether jewellery, Old Masters, Asian art, porcelain, classical modern art, contemporary art or photography – if you are thinking of putting an object  for auction, simply arrange an appointment with our specialists. 

Modern Art
Prof. Henrik Rolf Hanstein
Dr. Ulrike Ittershagen
Dr. Klaus Lange
Nina Beyer M.A
Dr. Nicole Hartje-Grave
Contemporary Art
Dr. Mechthild Potthoff
Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein MAS
Benjamin Schumann M.A.
Leonard Stühl M.A.
Nina Beyer M.A.
Dr. Christine Nielsen
Elisabeth Ajtay M.F.A.
Old Masters
Dr. Mariana M. de Hanstein
Dr. Takuro Ito
Carsten Felgner M.A.
Dr. Stefania Girometti
Dr. Otmar Plaßmann
Asian Art
Adrian Heindrichs
Yang Yang
Maria Borshchevska
Decorative Arts
Dr. Ingrid Gilgenmann
Karl Schoenefeld
Verena Lenzen M.A.
Alina Fischer
Jewellery & Watches
Friederike von Truchseß M.A.
Marie Wettklo
Books and Graphics
Venator & Hanstein

Karl-Heinz Knupfer, Auktionator
Katharina Obermaier
Juliane Guder M.A.
Dr. Jennifer Schlecking
Jennifer Niemann

Expert Days in Cologne

You can arrange your individual valuation appointment with our experts all year round at our Cologne headquarters.