Grisebach has a Max Beckmann work „Weiblicher Kopf in Blau und Grau (Die Ägypterin)“ from 1942 with a €1.5-2m estimate in their May 31st sale. The work was bought by Erhard Göpel, who was the author of Beckmann’s catalogue raisonné, out of Beckmann’s studio in 1942. The work has remained with his family until now. Grisebach brings it to the market for the first time.
The sitter is probably the legendary Egyptian beauty, Nimet Eloui Bey. Bey, a dazzling figure of international high society and coveted model of the Paris surrealists, had affairs with Man Ray and Lee Miller.