NRC Anniversary Sale: strong results!

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he 20th edition of NRC Veilingen was a great success. It was the festive kick-off for NRC Jewellery, Bags & Wine and NRC Art saw strong results for both the Rinsema Collection and artworks by Dutch and international artists.

An important contribution to NRC Art was the first part of the Rinsema Collection. There was a lot of interest during the viewing days, resulting in some strong prices. For example for the works by Thijs Rinsema himself, such as the dynamic gouache Football players from c. 1925 (€20.740) and the wooden sculpture of a football player from the same year (€6.965), as well as the postcards written by Kurt Schwitters to Thijs and Evert Rinsema (€2.334, €1,945 and €1.232). Several other works in the collection were highly in demand, for example Wim Oepts' painting of a terrace in Provence from 1953 (€19.443) and a nude executed on paper by Jan Sluijters from 1910 (€14.259). The most impressive result within the collection was the sale of the frequently exhibited Window cleaner (1927) by Johan van Hell which sold for €88.634. The second part of the Rinsema collection will be offered in spring 2024.

Johan van Hell. Window cleaner, 1927.
Realised € 88.634

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Thijs Rinsema. Football players, c. 1925.
Realised € 20.739
Kurt Schwitters. Anna Blume, postcard from Kurt Schwitters to Thijs and Evert Rinsema, 1923.
Realised € 1.944
Bram Bogart. Fête rouge, 1957.
Realised € 30.388
Jannes de Vries. Wild ditch, c. 1975.
Realised € 20.739
Hendrik Kerstens. Napkin, 2009.
Realised € 4.407
Henri Le Sidaner. View of a bridge in Chartres, c. 1903.
Realised € 19.443

The auction's top result was Jan Toorop's rediscovered View of Veere (1910), the hammer came down at €142,482. Other noteworthy sales included Fête rouge by Bram Bogart from 1957 (€30.389), a large painting by Frieda Hunziker (€11.018), Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman's Paul Robeson sings (€5.185),Wild ditch by Jannes de Vries (€20.740), small paintings by Armando (€4.408) and JCJ Vanderheyden (€5.572), an intriguing self-portrait by Philip Akkerman (€5.445), an early still life by Henk Helmantel (€15.555) and the iconic photograph Napkin by Hendrik Kerstens (€4.407).

Once again, the international market proved strong for foreign artists. The large cityscape Manhattan South View from 1989 by Rainer Fetting sold for €43.051, Milan Kunc's paintings changed hands for €9.722 and €7.130 and the intimate view of a snow-covered bridge in Chartres from c. 1903 by Henri Le Sidaner achieved a result of €19.443.

Rainer Fetting. Manhattan South View, 1989.
Realised € 43.051
Milan Kunc. Dancing universe, 2002.
Realised € 9.722

The first edition of NRC Jewellery, Bags & Wine attracted a lot of attention. Good results were achieved, including those for the Pomellato 'Veleno' earrings (€1.815), a 1999 Hermès Kelly 35 (€8.426) and three bottles of 1973 Château Pétrus Pomerol (€3.630).

*All prices listed include auction fees.

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