A World War II self-portrait by German expressionist artist Max Beckmann has sold in Berlin for 20 million euros (£17 million), what appears to be a record for a life. Art auctions in Germany.
The buyer of the rose gold Portrait of Beckmann at Grisebach auction house in the German capital has not been identified. Factoring in additional costs, the buyer will have to pay 23.2 million euros (about 19.9 million pounds).
Beckmann was born in Leipzig in 1884. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, he was among the artists whose work was classified as “degenerate art,” and hundreds of his works were rejected. confiscated from German museums.
He emigrated to Amsterdam, where in 1943 he painted a sombre self-portrait that was auctioned off on Thursday.
Beckmann gave the painting to his wife, Mathilde Kaulbach, who kept it until her death in 1986.
He moved to the United States in 1947 and died in New York in 1950.
According to German media, the sale of a 15th-century bronze sculpture of a Buddhist deity from China for 9.5 million euros last year set art auction records in Germany.
That figure beats the €4.7 million paid for another Beckmann painting, The Egyptian, at Grisebach in 2018.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/wartime-self-portrait-by-german-expressionist-max-beckmann-sells-for-17m-42189321.html Wartime portrait of German expressionist Max Beckmann sells for £17m