Conclusion of the anniversary season at Lempertz with a nod to Ukraine

With a donation of over 100,000 euro, Lempertz once again focuses attention on the continuing suffering in the war zone of Ukraine. After a large donation collected last year was doubled by Lempertz, Henrik R. Hanstein, Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein and Alice Jay von Seldeneck have now handed over 50,000 to each of the Ukraine relief organisations of the Malteser Hilfsdienst and Unicef on behalf of the family business.

225 years after its founding, the company can report a revenue increase in 2023 of 6.5 per cent and look back on over 30 auctions with top hammer prices and records. The highest result was achieved by Hermann Max Pechstein’s ‘Selbstbildnis, liegend’ (Self portrait, reclining) with 3.2 million euro, whilst 900,000 euro for Albert Birkle’s ‘Irsinn’ (Insanity) stood out amongst the many strong hammer prices for works by modern artists such as Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Ernst Wilhelm Nay. With these results, Lempertz thus bettered the world record set three years earlier in the same room.

Continuing to lead the market for German Old Masters, the long-standing Cologne house set a world record for Wilhelm Leibl, the most important representative of German Realism, when his ‘Kritiker’ (Critic) achieved 419,000 euro, whilst Guido Reni’s beautiful depiction of ‘Saint Magdalena’ saw the highest hammer price of the Old Masters in Lempertz’ anniversary year with a result of 730,00 euro.

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Jan Bykowski
Press and public relations