Special auction: Garden sculptures, featuring Fritz Koenig's "Mona II"

  • MUNICH, Germany
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  • April 05, 2011

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Fritz Koenig - Mona II Bronze. 1971 Height: c. 250 cm (c. 98.4 in) Base: 70 x 80 cm (27.6 x 31.5 in) Estimate: € 40.000-50.000, US$ 55.000-70.000.
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Gianpietro Carlesso, Decostruzione XXIV. 1994. Plastic, Lasa Marble, 120 x 50 x 48 cm (47.2 x 19.6 x 18.8 in). Estimate: € 18.000-24.000, US$ 25.000-33.000.
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While New York is still looking for a new location for Fritz Koenig’s sculpture “The Sphere,” which once stood in front of the World Trade Center as a symbol for world peace, the caryatid sculpture “Mona II“ by the same artist and from the same year can now be bought in an auction in Munich.

On occasion of the first spring auction at Ketterer Kunst, this bronze, as well as around 30 other sculptures will be auctioned in the Special Auction Garden Sculptures on 7 May.

Fritz Koenig’s bronze from 1971 impresses with its sole presence, c. 2,5 m (c. 98.4 in) tall and weighing approximately 250 kg it is definitely no lightweight. However, it still has a filigree appearance and almost seems to hover, the blossom-like bowl stretches upwards on the narrowing stem like an oversized flower. The exclusive eye-catcher will enter the race with an estimate of € 40.000-50.000.

Pablo Atchugarry’s white marble sculpture from 2006 can be obtained for € 30.000-40.000. There is nothing about this fragile piece that hints at the enormous expenditure of energy and tough material involved in the creation of this amorphic masterpiece. Works by the Biennale di Venezia participant are coined by an unmatched intensity and visual poetry and sensibility, which is why they are not only sought-after on the international auction market, additionally, they adorn numerous European public spaces.

Other highlights in the special garden sculpture auction will be Gianpietro Carlesso’s ”Decostruzione XXIV“ (estimate: € 18.000-24.000) and Erich Hauser’s ”22/70“ (estimate: € 15.000-20.000), as well as works by Michael Croissant, Josef Staub, Michael Schönholtz and Laszlo Szabo.



2 - 6 May                     Ketterer Kunst                        Joseph-Wild-Str. 18     81829 München-Riem



7 May                         Special auction Garden Sculptures

                                    as part of the auction

                                    Post War/Contemporary Art (see separate press release)

                                    Ketterer Kunst                        Joseph-Wild-Str. 18     München-Riem (fairgrounds)


Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg and Krefeld have contributed substantially to the company's success. Ketterer Kunst has further rounded off its portfolio with the prestigious Ernest Rathenau Verlag, New York/Munich. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as online auctions are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.

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