Sotheby’s has decided to commit their Contemporary Evening sale in London to an orgy of German art. A group of 17 works by German artists will take up one fourth of the lots in the evening sale. They include Gerhard Richter’s Eisberg (estimate: £8-12m), Anselm Kiefer’s Athanor (estimate: £1.5-2.5m), Sigmar Polke’s Die Schmiede (estimate: £1-1.5 million), a major painting by Martin Kippenberger (estimate: £3-4 million), alongside key works by Wolfgang Tillmans, Albert Oehlen, Thomas Schütte, Günther Förg, Günther Uecker and Michael Krebber.
Sotheby’s has released these comments on their lead work and the market for German art:
A rare masterpiece by the German painter Georg Baselitz (estimated £6.5m-8.5m) is set to break the record for the artist at auction when offered at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on 8 March 2017. Mit Roter Fahne (With Red Flag), 1965, from the artist’s ground-breaking ‘Heroes’ series, is a painting that cemented the artist’s reputation as one of the most provocative and compelling voices of the post-war era.
The market for German contemporary art has gone from strength to strength in recent years: