Czech auction record
The Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery again confirmed that it is the leader of the Czech art market. Painting by Oskar Kokoschka from 1934 entitled Prague - View from the Monastery of the Cross was auctioned off for 78.5 milion CZK incl. buyer’s premium. This is a new Czech auction record. For eleven years, since 2009, Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery has kept the auction records of the most expensive paintings sold in the Czech Republic.
The highlight of the auction season was the Sunday auction of the renowned Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery Prague. The most important item of the auction was a master painting by Oskar Kokoschka called Prague - View from the Monastery of the Knights of the Cross with a Red Star. This impressive canvas was painted by Kokoschka after arriving in Prague in the late summer of 1934 and represents the absolute peak of his Prague vedutes. In October 1934 the painting was exhibited in Mánes. After 75 years, the painting returned to the famous exhibition hall, this time for the first auction sale. Oil on canvas Prague - View from the Monastery of the Knights of the Cross with a Red Starwas published and exhibited many times. Along with the paintings Prague - Charles Bridge (1934, collection of the National Gallery in Prague) and Prague - Hradčany and Petřín (1936, collection of The Phillips Collection, Washington D. C.), the paiting belongs to Kokoschka‘s three more important Prague vedutes. Auction price was 78.487.500 CZK incl. buyer’s premium.
Participation in the Sunday auction was a large. Many bidders competed in the auction, either personally in the hall, by phone or through a written limit.
Among the most valuable works of the auction was the painting Landscape (Champs / Field) from 1965 by Josef Šíma. Significant post-war oil was auctioned off for 3,751,000 CZK incl. buyer’s premium. The picture came from significant Moravian collection.
Another of the most important works of art was an exceptional painting by Jindřich Prucha entitled Portrait of Women in a Hat from 1912. The paintings comes from Alois Trojan's collection and depicts on of Prucha's fateful women Marie Dočekalová. The painting was sold for 1.512.500 CZK incl. buyer’s premium.
Other successes of the October auction
One other success was the bronze sculpture Aphrodite with an Apple by Olbram Zoubek. The price in the auction climbed to 1.452.000 CZK incl. buyer’s premium.
A bronze bust called About Mary by Olbram Zoubek from 1997, was auctioned off for nearly one million Czech crowns, for exactly 992,200 CZK incl. buyer’s premium. Talking statue of Talkman by Kristof Kintera, one of the most distinctive artists of the Czech art scene, was sold for 1.185.800 CZK incl. buyer’s premium.
The Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery chose another charity auction. The full auction proceeds will be donated to the Filip Venclík Foundation and Hagibor Social Care Home. The total proceeds from the charity auction were 80,000 CZK.
All works of art were evaluated by the most important Czech experts and foreign experts. The auction house is the only one in the Czech Republic that gives a lifetime guarantee of the authenticity of auctioned artworks.
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Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery
Pick up of auctioned artworks: from Tuesday October 22, 2019, from 10 AM to 6 PM, address: U Starého hřbitova 40/6, 110 00 Praha 1, tel. 728 882 236
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