Our “Third Floor” auction format has delighted our clients since 1987. Between 85 and 90 percent of the approximately 600 lots with estimated values of up to EUR 3,000 that are offered for auction each year in this format find new owners. The bidders include collectors who have dedicated their entire lives to the work of a single artist as well as spontaneous visitors, who are pleasantly surprised to learn that a print by David Hockney or Cindy Sherman will not break the bank, or that a seemingly small bid placed full of hope and longing on a small pen-and-ink sketch by Alexej Jawlensky just might win. In our Third Floor catalogue, we often indulge in the pleasure of presenting novel works by unknown or forgotten artists that we have encountered unexpectedly and found fascinating. In many cases, the buyers and sellers in these auctions will be collectors of new art. This auction format has benefited from the burgeoning gallery scene, not just in Berlin but across Germany as well. Artists who have established a firm presence in contemporary exhibitions or international art fairs but remain unknown by the auction market are often offered and sold at auction for the first time in our Third Floor catalogue. Our success in this area is the consequence of our ability to reach the young art scene and its collectors. The Third Floor catalogue is for explorers and long-time collectors alike; for our clients, it is an exciting complement to the high-priced catalogues. The department is the icing on the cake of Grisebach.
Selected Highlights Autumn 2018
Herbert Behrens-HangelerFliegende Traumwelt. Circa 1950
Collage over gouache on paper, laid down on cardboard. Estimate 1,500-2,000 EUR
Franz Skarbina. “Junge Frau an der Staffelei vor der Neptungrotte im Schlosspark zu Sanssouci“. 2nd half of the 1880s. Watercolour on paper. Estimate 2,000-3,000 EUR
Dieter Roth. Untitled. 1982. Pencil on yellow paper (with vertical fold in the centre). Estimate 500-700 EUR
Elvira Bach. Stehende Figur. Acrylic, opaque white and India ink on wove paper. Estimate 2,500-3,000 EUR