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Albrecht Durer: Masterpieces from a Private Collection
- Sale 2778
- New York, Rockefeller Plaza
- 29 January 2013
This private collection of 61 lots represents the one of the finest selection of prints by Albrecht Dürer to appear at auction for many years. Meticulously assembled over the course of almost half a century by a connoisseur with an unparalleled eye for quality, this auction features Dürer’s masterworks, including Adam and Eve and Melencolia I. Estimates start at $3000.
- Christie’s Saleroom
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York
- Jan 29, 2:00pm, Lots 1-62
- New York, Rockefeller Center
- Jan 22, 10am – 5pm
- Jan 23, 10am – 5pm
- Jan 24, 10am – 5pm
- Jan 25, 10am – 5pm
- Jan 26, 10am – 5pm
- Jan 27, 1pm – 5pm
- Jan 28, 10am – 5pm
I am constantly asked whether ordinary people can buy Albrecht Dürer prints, what would they cost to purchase and what are they worth. I always urge novice collectors to find a reputable print dealer who can educate them about the print market first.
But for those who are more savvy, usually the best way to acquire any print is at auction.
Christies Auction House is having one of the most significant sales of a private collection of Dürer prints which will take place in New York City, Rockefeller Plaza on Jan 29, 2013.
Normally, I would not be giving any auction house free publicity but this is one of the most significant Dürer auctions to have occurred since 2007. I bring this to your attention because the quality of most of these prints are superba dn the provenances (the chain of who owned what print when) is very distinguished.
As such, the estimated prices for these Dürer prints are extremely high but not unusual for this quality and I think gives a great lesson to all interested in how the auction markets work.
You can follow along on this auction by creating an account at Christies, which is free, and then registering to track the Dürer prints as they sell, which is what I plan to do. Don’t be surprised if you see the prints selling for almost twice their auction estimate, that is a common occurrence.
CAUTION: Ignore the silly descriptions that are attached to each print as to their meaning. They are the result of “specialists” regurgitating all the old information and mistakes and errors that have been perpetuated for 500 years. It’s part of the game of selling auction items. It is obvious that none of these employees has bothered to even follow the my exhibitions or read anything on this website which totally contradicts the secrets that are being revealed here.
Truth doesn’t seem to be part of their research forte.
Here’s the link to the Christies catalogue:
You will be able to open up an electronic catalogue and look at every print, enlarge the images, read the provenances and see the huge sums of money for which these prints are expected to sell.