Lempertz is one of the leading auction houses in Europe and the eldest in family posession. The history of the company reaches back to 1798, when Johann Matthias Heberle established the „Antiquargeschäft mit Auktionsanstalt (Antiquarian Book Shop including Auctions)" that held important auctions of rare books and art works. After the death of the founder in 1840, his employee Heinrich Lempertz, at that time 24 years old, took over the company that was than renamed „J. M. Heberle (H. Lempertz)“ On 5 September 1844, the administration of the City of Cologne granted the concession to establish a branch in Bonn that was managed by Mathias Lempertz, brother of Heinrich Lempertz. On 18 November 1844, the first Lempertz auction was held in Bonn. From April 1845 Lempertz resided in a house in Fürstenstrasse 2 in which the widow of Friedrich Schiller had died in 1826. The auction of the important library of August Wilhelm Schlegel in 1845 established the company´s reputation, followed by the auction of the estates of E. M. Arndt (1860) and B. Hundshagen (1867) with a manuscript of the Nibelungen from the early 15th Century that was acquired by the Royal Library in Berlin. In 1875 Peter Hanstein, an employee of Mathias Lemperz, buys the respected firm and gradually moves the auction business to Cologne. In 1918 the building at Neumarkt is purchased. The classicist building is destroyed by bombs in 1943, like most of Cologne’s inner city. After the monetary reform Lempertz succeeds once more in establishing itself as the leading German art and auction house. A visible sign of this is the building at Neumarkt, completed in 1952, listed today in the Register of Historic Buildings. The Roman-Germanic Museum and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum organize their first exhibitions here between 1953-1957. In 1965 the Gallery Lempertz Contempora is founded, an exhibition forum for contemporary art. In 1984 Lempertz complements its range by buying into the antique book store Venator. The name is changed to Venator & Hanstein. Since the beginning of 2000, Kunsthaus Lempertz is the only German auction house to be part of the renowned International Auctioneers group (IA), a group that unites eight independent leading auction houses from eight countries.

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Three gods at Lempertz
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Dalí, Picasso, Gilbert + George: Artists in front of the lens
We take a look at the story behind iconic artists of the 20th century in front of the camera and not behind the easel.
Sigourney Weaver in Alien in PVC by Helmut Newton
Famed for their Old Masters and 19th century auctions, Cologne's Lempertz will be holding Modern and Contemporary sales next month of equally impressive stature.
All around the world: Naples, Venice and Moscow at Cologne auction house Lempertz
This week, Cologne auction house Lempertz will feature Old Masters and 19th century art as well as decorative object and jewellery in a two day sale of over a thousand lots.
From the living to the decaying: it's Still Life
Dead animals, rotting fruit and raw meat - still lifes really are a sight for sore eyes, but what's the story behind all the gory?

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GISÈLE FREUND, James Joyce, Rue de l'Odéon, 1938
Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s. 28.4 x 22.2 cm. Signed in felt tip pen, dated and titled in ballpoint pen and photographer's stamp on the verso. - Slight traces of usage. Literature: Klaus Honnef (ed.), Fotografien 1932 - 1977 von Gisèle Freund, exhib.cat. Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Cologne 1977, ill. p. 57 Lempertz
Three small mortars
Three small mortars. Dark brown, light green and dark green serpentine. One small chip. Saxony, 18th/19th century. Lempertz
Antwerpener Meister
Öl auf Holz (parkettiert). H 34; B 60 cm. Lempertz
Gustav Kluge, stupor mundi. - + Fuge, 1987
Verso on stretcher signed, dated and titled '- + fuge stupor mundi Gustav Kluge 1987'. Proof of a total of 3 print variants. Unique work. 200 x 75 cm Wood print on canvas 200 x 75 cm 1987 Lempertz
Eugen Schönebeck
Bleistift auf chamoisfarbenem Velin 21,5 x 30,4 cm, unter Glas gerahmt. Oben rechts mit blauem Kugelschreiber signiert Schönebeck und mit Bleistift datiert 74. Lempertz
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Neumarkt 3
50667 Cologne
T: +49 221 925729 0
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