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6 / 6 / 2019


We would like to thank everyone who participated in our springtime Garden Auction for contributing to its irreproducible atmosphere. This was the most successful auction in our entire history, with the auction realizing a record-breaking total of CZK 92,471,760. The most awaited result was the record for Mikuláš Medek’s painting Action I (Egg), which sold for CZK 57 million.

Other successful sales included Josef Čapek’s painting At the Bar with a realized price of CZK 9,548,000 and French artist Gustav Loiseau’s painting Cliffs in Étretat, which fetched CZK 3,596,000. Impressive prices were realized for Vincenc Makovský’s bust of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (CZK 310,000) and a cubist vase by Vlastislav Hofman, which soared to a new record for the artist at CZK 508,400.

The surprise of the auction was the active bidding for works by Jan Václav Mrkvička, whose two lots skyrocketed from starting prices of CZK 10,000 to CZK 235,600 and CZK 682,000.

(All prices listed include 24% buyer’s premium).


Our tenth annual Spring Auction started at 4 p.m. on 6 June 2019 in the garden of our home in Prague 6 – Bubeneč. The star attraction at the auction was Mikuláš Medek’s Action I (Egg). The painting, which returned to the Czech Republic for the auction, has been shown at many exhibitions of the artist and published several times. Bidding started at CZK 8 million (+24% buyer’s premium), and the pre-auction estimate forecasted a hammer price of between CZK 10 and 15 million. The final price rose to an absolutely unexpected CZK 57 million – an unparalleled price for postwar art at Czech auctions.

The Garden Auction also focused on antiques, furniture and design, and offered other rare items. Paintings by Old Masters included The Holy Family with an Angel by a follower of Pieter Coecke van Aelst; Josef Čapek’s At the Bar was among the works of Czech modernism; and a beautiful example of French Post-impressionism was represented by Gustav Loiseau’s Cliffs in Étretat.

Distinctive items included a glazed Cubist vase and coffee service by Vlastislav Hofman.

An extraordinary premium ANT. PETROF brand PETROF AP 225 piano, which master pianist Ivo Kahánek played for the auction guests, was an exceptional lot offered at our auction.


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