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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''Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.'' - Albert Camus
With crisper weather, golden and red leaves in the autumn months, we explore the work of three German painters who captured the beauty of the season.
Three gods at Lempertz
Check out three of our favorite works of Asian art in Lempertz upcoming sale.
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.

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Auguste Herbin
Öl auf Leinwand 100 x 72,5 cm, gerahmt. Unten rechts hellgrün signiert und datiert herbin 1948, unten links betitelt „paul".\n\nClaisse 903 mit ganzseitiger Farbabb. S. 163 Lempertz
A fragment of a woven Coptic cloth
A fragment of a woven Coptic cloth depicting hunters and antelopes. With some repairs and a lined vertical tear to the centre. Probably 8rd - 9th century AD. Lempertz
Pablo Picasso
Original-Radierung (Ätzung, Aquatinta, Kaltnadel) auf Montgolfier-Bütten 20 x 28 cm (38,5 x 50,3 cm), unter Glas gerahmt. Signiert. Einer von 50 Abzügen auf breitrandigem Papier aus einer Gesamtauflage von 310 Drucken. Blatt 32 aus der Folge mit 100 Radierungen: Suite Vollard. - Minimal gebräunt.\n\nBaer 378 IX B/c; Bloch 202 Lempertz
The theme of Belshazzar's Feast (Daniel, 5, 1-25) was rarely painted in the Middle Ages but became popular during the Counter-Reformation. It was often painted in the late 16th and early 17th centuries in Flanders, for example by the artists of the Francken family. In Lorraine the theme was interpreted in fantastic nocturnes with emphasised effects of light. Examples can be seen in the paintings of Monsù Desiderio (Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum) and works from the circle of Claude Deruet (Douai, Musée de la Chartreuse). This painting can be considered a work from this group. It depicts a hall with long tables and decorated with tapestries. On the left side sits Beshazzar and his queen. On the opposite side is the mysterious hand which judges Belshazzar: "Weighed and found wanting." Lempertz
A bronze figure of Guanyin. Yuan/Ming dynasty
A bronze figure of Guanyin seated in meditation on a high double lotus throne, both hands in dhyana mudra above the feet, with a high crown, beaded jewellery on the chest and a very long shawl band. Yuan/Ming dynasty. Lempertz

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Neumarkt 3
50667 Cologne
T: +49 221 925729 0
F: +49 221 925729 6