Scandinavian Paintings

Helene Schjerfbeck
Red-Haired Girl II

Schjerfbeck’s 1915 masterpiece ignited an intense bidding war between several institutions, driving the final sale price to £1,205,000, more than double its pre-sale low estimate. The painting was acquired by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation in Finland.

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The first auction house to internationalise the Nordic paintings market, Sotheby’s has been active in this field for over thirty years. Over three decades, we have focused buyers from around the globe on Nordic art, to the extent that 80% by value of Nordic art sold at Sotheby’s in London over the past five years has been to non-Nordic buyers.

Offering Nordic art at auction in London results in the highest prices. Sotheby’s holds the world record price for any work of art from each of the Nordic countries: Norway (Edvard Munch), Sweden (August Strindberg), Denmark (Vilhelm Hammershøi), and Finland (Helene Schjerfbeck). We also hold record auction prices for numerous other notable artists from the region, from Harald Sohlberg and Nikolai Astrup to Albert Edelfelt.

Held twice-yearly in London, our sales of 19th Century European Paintings provide the ideal platform for reaching a global audience and realising the highest prices. In May 2015 we achieved a new world-record price for a work by Vilhelm Hammershøi of £2 million, beating the record set in our sale in May 2012.

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The first auction house to internationalise the Nordic paintings market, Sotheby’s has been active in this field for over thirty years. Over three decades, we have focused buyers from around the globe on Nordic art, to the extent that 80% by value of Nordic art sold at Sotheby’s in London over the past five years has been to non-Nordic buyers.

Offering Nordic art at auction in London results in the highest prices. Sotheby’s holds the world record price for any work of art from each of the Nordic countries: Norway (Edvard Munch), Sweden (August Strindberg), Denmark (Vilhelm Hammershøi), and Finland (Helene Schjerfbeck). We also hold record auction prices for numerous other notable artists from the region, from Harald Sohlberg and Nikolai Astrup to Albert Edelfelt.

Held twice-yearly in London, our sales of 19th Century European Paintings provide the ideal platform for reaching a global audience and realising the highest prices. In May 2015 we achieved a new world-record price for a work by Vilhelm Hammershøi of £2 million, beating the record set in our sale in May 2012.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Scandinavian Paintings sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6404
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7140
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 10

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Senior Director, Head of Department, 19th Century European Paintings & Head of Orientalist Art
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Vice President, Head of Sale, Senior Specialist
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Deputy Director, Specialist, 19th Century European Paintings
+44 20 7293 5477

The first auction house to internationalise the Nordic paintings market, Sotheby’s has been active in this field for over thirty years. Over three decades, we have focused buyers from around the globe on Nordic art, to the extent that 80% by value of Nordic art sold at Sotheby’s in London over the past five years has been to non-Nordic buyers.

Offering Nordic art at auction in London results in the highest prices. Sotheby’s holds the world record price for any work of art from each of the Nordic countries: Norway (Edvard Munch), Sweden (August Strindberg), Denmark (Vilhelm Hammershøi), and Finland (Helene Schjerfbeck). We also hold record auction prices for numerous other notable artists from the region, from Harald Sohlberg and Nikolai Astrup to Albert Edelfelt.

Held twice-yearly in London, our sales of 19th Century European Paintings provide the ideal platform for reaching a global audience and realising the highest prices. In May 2015 we achieved a new world-record price for a work by Vilhelm Hammershøi of £2 million, beating the record set in our sale in May 2012.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Scandinavian Paintings sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6404
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7140
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 10