Auction 115B

03. June 2014


Provenience pays well:

the extremely successful African Art auction at Quittenbaum's, where items from the Klever collection were on offer almost exclusively bears witness to that fact. The pieces from the Hamburg-based private collection, that was accumulated over many years, guarantee a high level that was honored by the international market with good hammer prices. 65% of all lots sold, 90% of the lower estimates combined were brought in.

A German private collector increased the price for a wooden head from the 'ekpo' secret society coated with antelope skin to € 3,443 incl. buyer's premium. A female ghost mask in mint condition by the Punu will find a new home in a Swiss private collection for € 3,825 (incl.). The international market granted the highest hammer price of the auction for a magic 'nkisi' figurine of the Songye with € 7,013 (incl.). Its belt still holds a magic filling. The price for a very rare 'Muzidi' ancestor from the Bembe, of dried natural fiber, climbed up to € 4,845 and will, like most of the items, be part of a private collection. A compliment to the auction, whose success is the result of specialist Ellen Piper-Quittenbaum's long-term and faithful relationship management towards the national and international dealership.