Saturday, February 7, 2015

Goethe at auction

I posted back in November on the immanent Sotheby auction of a cache of Goethe letters. The estimate was 80,000–100,000 British pounds. The lot was sold for 110,500 British pounds. Does anyone know who the purchaser was?

The charming 19th-century cup and saucer with Goethe's profile, above, was sold by a German auction house in 1993. Here is a description: "Keramik, heller Scherben. Gelblich und bräunlich glasiert. Craquelé. Unleserliche, eingepresste Marke. H. der Ot: 7 cm, D. der Ut: 12,5 cm. - Zustand: Ut min. Chip am Rand." I wonder how much was paid for it.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions of Van Nuys, California, is offering in March various items associated with Goethe, including this 1982 screen print by Andy Warhol. The estimated price is $30,000–50,000. For those who are interested, here are the details.

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