Modern and Contemporary Photography

Since 1998, Grisebach has sold selected photographic prints at auction, including important works from the history of photography and art photography. The spectrum of works offered twice annually in the auction “Modern and Contemporary Photographs” ranges from the innovations of the 19th and early 20th centuries to modern photography, including works by artists ranging from Karl Blossfeldt, Man Ray, August Sander, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston to contemporary works of international artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Special emphasis is placed on Bauhaus photography and the photography of the “New Vision” and New Objectivity movements. The artistic value of the photographs selected for the auction and the high quality of the individual prints as collector’s objects are valued by a large clientele that includes photography connoisseurs from across the world. This is consistently reflected in the high, often record-setting, prices at auction and the large number of works sold.



Diandra Donecker

Susanne Schmid

Auction Results Spring 2018

Post auction sale: Works not sold at auction on 30 May may be purchased at the reserve price for a period of two months – until end of July 2018 – during the post auction sale. These works are displayed in the catalogue view with the selection Post auction sale. By selecting All lots, you will be able to display all results.


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Man Ray

Untitled. 1922

Sold for 18,750 EUR (incl. premium)

László Moholy-Nagy

Untitled. Weimar, 1923/25

Sold for 487,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Albert Renger-Patzsch

Gas and Power. 1932

Sold for 42,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Michael Wesely. “Stilleben (26.10. – 11.11.2011)“. 2011. Sold for 7,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Tod Papageorge. “Halloween, Roselend Ballroom, N.Y.C.“. 1978. Sold for 2,125 EUR (incl. premium)

Peter Beard. Ahmed Diptych. 1968. Gelatin silver print, 2003/04. Sold for 62,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Peter Beard. “I‘ll write whenever I can...“. 1965. Sold for 47,500 EUR (incl. premium)

František Drtikol. “Composition“. 1925. Sold for 50,000 EUR (incl. premium)

We are looking forward to your consignments!

Our next auction takes place October 2018. We appraise your art – confidentially, non-binding, and free of charge. Please send us a reproduction of the art work either by mail or email, including details on the medium, date, and size (unframed), which are important for the appraisal, as well as any other relevant information. You may as well use the estimate request. Please do not hesitate to contact us.