The upcoming auctions not to miss
From luxury handbags to post-war and contemporary art, our pick of the best upcoming auctions this winter
The oldest auction house in Europe has been splashed all over the news in recent weeks, following the sale of Artemisia Gentieschi's Lucretia, for a staggering €1.8M. The hammer price was a record high for this well-deserving but long-overlooked Italian Baroque female artist.
But the Viennese saleroom, palatial in size and grandeur, is not just a global hub for Old Master paintings. It also hosts sales (online and on site) across the major collecting specialisms. The focus of Dorotheum’s auctions on show during Vienna Art Week will be modern and contemporary art. Offering more than 500 works, the Post-War and Contemporary Sale reaffirms the House's internationally renowned reputation in the field. Highlight lots include: a large-sized composition Integration oval, 1958, in black and white, an important early painting by German avant-garde artist Carla Accardi (€ 160,000 – 240,000); and Blasse Hockende (Pale Crouching Female Figure), 1972, by the pioneering Austrian avant-garde artists Maria Lassnig, whose solo exhibition at Sotheby's S2 gallery in 2017 was a roaring success.
Although Dorotheum's global hub is in Vienna, the auction house has satellite offices all over Europe, and its London outpost frequently hosts previews of the top lots of all its major auctions. But if you can't face bidding in person, keep an eye on Dorotheum's diverse array of online sales. Price point is more accessible and there's always possibility of a bargain!