5-6 June 2023
Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 198-200, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

NRC19: A record sale!

We are pleased to announce that NRC19 was a record auction for Adams. During the Evening Sale, lively bidding took place in the auction room and many participated online during both day and evening sessions. The auction totalled €2.015.524 with a sell-through rate of over 90%, by far the highest result ever for NRC Auctions. A substantial number of the lots was purchased by international buyers.

After an intense bidding war, the hammer came down at €455.832 for the pièce de résistance of the auction - Lynn Chadwick's life-sized 1956 sculpture Two Dancing Figures. This marks the first time a work of this scale by Chadwick was auctioned in The Netherlands.

Works by CoBrA artists were in high demand. An impressive painting by Karel Appel from 1958 was sold for €253.240, the monumental Cow by his hand from 1982 made €97.215 and the painted postcard to Simon Vinkenoog from 1965 changed hands for €20.740. Alechinsky's Le Rose Habité from 1960 went for the fine price of €246.278.

There was great interest in a number of German artists. The characteristic painting N.Y. Cab from 1992 by Rainer Fetting sold for €49.256, Karl Horst Hödicke's dreamy work Blaue Stunde from 1983 for €16.851.

The result of €38.886 for the expressive painting Johanna Hoeve near Westeremden (1974) by Jannes de Vries set an auction record for the artist. In addition, the €41.479 for Kees van Bohemen's 1961 racer was the second highest price paid at auction for the artist.

A special feature of the auction was the interview and other memorabilia from John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first 'Bed-In' at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. This lot was sold for €64.810.

Apart from all this, very strong results were achieved for, among others, the luminist painting Along the river Amstel (c. 1908) and the 1928 gouache by Leo Gestel (€33.702 and €11.018), a druksel by H.N. Werkman (€21.526), a watercolour with Bomschuiten near Scheveningen by H.W. Mesdag (€12.314), an atmospheric still life by Else Berg (€9.722), two works on paper by Roger Raveel from the early 1980s (€7.778 and €5.185), a colourful pastel by Wolf Kahn (€9.722) and a charming little beach scene by Jacob Maris (€7.778).

With great enthusiasm, we look forward to the NRC Anniversary Sale. This anniversary auction will include NRC Art and NRC Jewellery, Bags and Wine and will take place in December 2023.

*All prices listed include auction fees.

Lot 6: Karel Appel


Lot 13: Pierre Alechinsky


Lot 3: Eugène Brands


Lot 9:  Karel Appel


Lot 53: Rainer Fetting


Lot 54: Rainer Fetting­

Lot 24: Lynn Chadwick


Lot 19: Jannes de Vries


Lot 73: Leo Gestel­

Lot 48: Armando


Lot 23: Henry Moore