An Auction for the History Books

With a total turnover of more than DKK 100 million, this summer's Live Auction in Copenhagen was the largest in the history of the auction house. The record that outshined the rest though, was the hammer price for a porcelain dish from the Ming Dynasty, which was sold for DKK 35.5 million.

During the first two weeks of June, we held this summer's Live Auction in Copenhagen. In total, we could present 1,100 auction lots with art, antiques, design classics, jewellery and wristwatches. The buyers came from all over the world and placed bids from both the saleroom, over the phone and via live bidding on the website. The result of the auction speaks for itself:

"This summer's auction in Copenhagen is without comparison the largest in Bruun Rasmussen's history. And not only that – the first half of 2021 has delivered the best financial result we have ever seen as a company. We are very grateful that there is so much interest in our auction house and the art objects we are selling. This has meant that we have come out on a positive from what in other terms can be described as a very difficult year."

Jakob Dupont, CEO of Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers

The Dragon, the King's Birthday and a Bornholm Summer Night

Oluf Høst: "Sankt Hans Nat" (Midsummer Eve), 1953. Signed. Oil on canvas. 97 x 163 cm. Hammer price: DKK 1.55 million.

If you have followed the news from Denmark lately, you might have heard about the 600-year-old Chinese porcelain dish with a dragon motif, which was sold to a Chinese buyer for DKK 35.5 million. The bidding round was nerve-wracking in the saleroom as Jesper Bruun Rasmussen auctioned off the rare dragon dish that comes from the collection of the Swedish city architect Salomon Sörensen. The result was the highest hammer price we have ever achieved in the history of our auction house.

In total, we achieved seven hammer prices above the million at this auction, and among them was a hammer price of DKK 2.8 million for the Copenhagen painter Paul Fischer's festive motif from the Strøget shopping street, where the Queen’s Royal Guard are seen in red uniforms on the occasion of King Christian X's birthday. From a summer night on Bornholm, we presented Oluf Høst's "Sankt Hans Nat" from 1953, which with expressive power depicts the condensed atmosphere this special evening holds for Danes with the glowing flames against the blue coolness of the night sky. The work itself also soared with a hammer price of DKK 1.55 million – an auction record for this eminent Bornholm painter.

Paul Fischer: The Royal Guard in Red Gala on Østergade. Signed. Oil on canvas. 100 x 100 cm. Hammer price: DKK 2.8 million.

Several Surprising Hammer Prices

Another fine hammer price of DKK 850,000 was achieved by Laurits Andersen Ring's work "Spring and the Old Man" from 1926, while two torn brass eggs entitled "Concetto spaziale, Natura" from 1967 by the Argentine-Italian icon Lucio Fontana were sold for a hammer price of DKK 800,000. Contemporary art also enjoyed a good deal of success at the auction, where, among other lots, Jeppe Hein's balloons "Four Wishes for you" were sent off with a hammer price of DKK 420,000. Among the design classics, a pair of Grete Jalk's original shell chairs ended up with the hammer price of DKK 380,000.

Grete Jalk: A pair of laminated teak veneer shell chairs. Model PJ 9/1. Designed 1963. Made by P. Jeppesen, Store Heddinge. Hammer price: DKK 380,000.

Valuation and Consignment to Auction

The art market is, without doubt, booming right now, and at Bruun Rasmussen, we are already planning the next Live Auction in Copenhagen this September as well as the many Online Auctions and Direct Auctions of the second half of 2021. We are looking for art, design, antiques, jewellery, wristwatches and collector’s items for these auctions. If you have something that you are considering selling at auction, you are welcome to come by one of our departments, where we are ready to place an estimate on your items for free and perhaps consign them for auction. You can also use our Online Valuation – where you will have the estimate within 2-3 working days.


We look forward to helping you and wish everyone a wonderful Midsummer Eve!


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