BERLIN – The auction house Jeschke Jadi achieved a world auction record in its June 23 Modern and Contemporary Art sale with Kopf, a modernist bronze head made in 1995 by the German artist Hede Buhl. In a bidding battle that lasted several minutes, an American defeated four German private collectors for the prize, which sold for more than €27,000 with the buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
Consigned from a private collection in northern Germany, the bronze explored the main artistic theme of German sculptor Hede Buhl (b. 1940-). She studied with Sepp Mages and Joseph Beuys at the Dusseldorf Art Academy in 1958-63, and at times worked in Ewald Matare’s studio. She has received numerous awards for her work, which has been consistently developed during the decades, including the Kathe Kollwitz Prize of the Academy of Arts in Berlin in 2007. Her sculptures are represented in private and public collections, including the Berlin National Gallery; the Kunststiftung NRW, Dusseldorf; and the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal.
With Hede Buhl’s Kopf, Jeschke Jadi Auctions has achieved a third world record in a row for an edition object in the field of post-war art, after making a mark with a Brice Marden in 2021 and a Gerhard Richter in 2022.
Other notable results from the June 23 auction were the portfolio work Die Oberflache with prints by Josef Albers, which went for €10,000, and a mixed media work by Clemens Groszer, which went to an East German private collection for €9,000. Norbert Bisky’s Springer, a small watercolor, doubled its estimate to earn €5,000, and went to a West German private collector.
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