Post-War & Contemporary Art auction results

With pleasure we look back on our Post-War & Contemporary Art auctions, which were held on 18 and 19 October 2023. With a sales percentage of over 80% and almost 1.7 million in sales (buyers’ premium included), we are more than pleased with the results of these auctions. Due to great international interest in our varied collection of artworks, most bidders participated online, by absentee bid or by phone.


The highlight of the evening was the sale of ‘Anooralya Awelye’, an excellent work by Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. After an intense bidding war, led by several telephone bidders, the painting went to the highest bidder for € 112.000, exceeding the highest estimate several times.


A rare, early work by Karel Appel was acquired by a new owner for € 60.000, while the colourful ‘Dare tempo al tempo’ by Alighiero Boetti, which asks us to slow down and take our time with situations that ask for it, more than doubled its low estimate and was hammered down for € 42.000.


The top result within our collection of Andy Warhol is the bright-orange trial proof of ‘Reigning Queen’ Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. This unique work was bought for a hammer price of € 40.000.


Alongside paintings and other works on paper or canvas, the auction offered a variety of three-dimensional art. This includes a silver compotier designed by Pablo Picasso, which found a new owner for € 36.000.


This successful auction shows again that Venduehuis The Hague is an important player for Post-War & Contemporary Art in the Dutch art market and beyond.


Our next Post-War & Contemporary Art auction will be in Spring 2024. Consignment is already possible: please contact our expert Manuela Sommeregger via for more information.

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