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Anselm Kiefer
DEM UNBEKANNTEN MALER
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LOT SOLD. 591,000 USD
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MAGNIFICENT GESTURES: MASTERWORKS FROM THE DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL COLLECTION FULL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Anselm Kiefer
DEM UNBEKANNTEN MALER
Estimate
Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
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250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 591,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Anselm Kiefer
B. 1945
DEM UNBEKANNTEN MALER
titled
watercolor, gouache, graphite and paper collage on paper
24 1/2 by 26 1/2 in. 62.2 by 67.3 cm.
Executed in 1982.
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Provenance

Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in March 1988

Catalogue Note

"I studied Third Reich art in secondhand bookstores and absorbed a lot of information that had come out in the 1930s...But I never found any interesting official painting. However, the architecture is quite interesting. People like Speer and Kreis made interesting things...I was intrigued by these buildings, and I wanted to transform them. You know, normally you don't destroy buildings...usually you transform them, like the Christians transformed old temples or the Pantheon into Christian churches. That's what I was doing, too. I transformed those old buildings and gave them a new destiny, a new meaning. Because you never succeed in really destroying something, it always lives, and it's more efficient to transform than to destroy."

Anselm Kiefer in Exh. Cat., New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998, pp. 101-102

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