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The forthcoming auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History will take place in London on 9 May, 2012.
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On May 10th, Sotheby’s will hold a new sale of British & Irish Art with dedicated sections for Victorian, Early 20th Century, Marine, Sporting, Scottish and Irish Art. This sale is designed to answer the demand of new buyers who collect across a variety of genres and will bring together the finest drawings, watercolours, oil paintings and sculpture.
There will be exhibitions in Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh before the auction at our prestigious New Bond Street saleroom. This fresh approach will celebrate the distinct character of British and Irish painting and engage collectors worldwide.
On Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, Sotheby’s is honoured to present for sale close to 300 artworks from The Gunter Sachs Collection. Selected with Gunter Sachs’ legendary eye for exceptional beauty over the course of 50 years, this avant-garde collection of art, objects and furniture will stand as a lasting testament to the extraordinary life and visionary art collection of the late Gunter Sachs.
Spanning numerous collecting categories, from Surrealism and Nouveau Realism, to Pop Art, Art Deco, 20th Century design and Graffiti, this two day auction is set to be one of the most remarkable and diverse single-owner collections to ever appear at Sotheby’s. Highlights include masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Arman and Yves Klein, as well as important pre and post-war furniture by Ruhlmann and Giacometti.
The sale comprises a broad selection of works across a variety of media, spanning more than four hundred years of Ottoman art from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. In addition to Iznik ceramics, manuscripts, silverware and decorative arts, the sale also incorporates a number of European paintings and Turqueries, reflecting the artistic exchanges between the Ottoman Empire and Europe, and Western fascination with the ‘exoticism’ of the Ottoman court.
The bi-annual Contemporary sale is one of Sotheby’s must-see sales of the spring season. The March 9th event celebrates the work of established post-war masters such as Warhol, Rauschenberg and Calder alongside works by today’s most intriguing creators such as Yuskavage, Tomaselli and Condo. This highly curated sale features iconic and jewel like paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography dating from the 1930s through today. A few highlights this season include the iconic image Untitled Film Still #21 by Cindy Sherman. Additionally, the sale includes beautiful works by Gerhard Richter, one of the most desirable and celebrated artists of today. Finally, there are iconic and classical paintings and works on paper by Abstract Expressionists including Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning among others.
This spring, Sotheby’s is delighted to offer a joint single-owner sale of fine English and European decorative arts from the estate of Roger Rechler and the Collection of Dorothy and Wendell Cherry. Each of these collectors had a distinctive style favoring English, French and Continental furniture and decorative arts which transformed two rather different interiors, namely a fine formal townhouse in New York City’s Upper East Side and a beautiful turn-of-the-century Southern Colonial villa situated in idyllic Kentucky horse country. Whilst building such distinctive collections, both collectors shared a passion for breeding and showing dogs, many of which lovingly shared their lives and their homes.
Born in Dortmund, Germany, Werner Muensterberger (1913-2011) started collecting African art as a teenager, inspired to do so by his godfather, the renowned collector Baron Eduard von der Heydt. Muensterberger held three PhDs, in psychiatry, anthropology, and art history, and specialized in psychoanalytic anthropology. He was the author of several important early publications on African, Oceanic, and Native American art, including The Sculpture of Primitive Man (1955) and Universality of Tribal Art (1979); as well as Collecting: An Unruly Passion (1995), examining the psychology of the collector. The auction features a small group of masterpieces acquired during a lifetime of collecting. The sale is led by Muensterberger’s iconic Luluwa Helmet Mask, famous for its superb quality and monumental scale (estimate .5-2.5 million).
Sotheby’s was the first international auction house to offer regular sales of Photographs, beginning in 1971 in London, 1975 in New York, and 2002 in Paris. We sell photographs from the entire history of the medium, from salt prints and daguerreotypes of the 1840s to contemporary works of the present decade. Included in our auctions are works by a roster of blue-chip photographers from around the globe, from William Henry Fox Talbot in London, to Eugene Atget in Paris, to Richard Prince in New York.
Our international team, the most experienced and highly regarded specialists in the auction world, has established itself as a leader in scholarship and evaluation. Their passion and expertise have resulted in dozens of world records for individual photographers, brought new categories of work to the public’s eye, and defined many of the market criteria against which photographs and collections are judged.