Important Judaica was led by Isidor Kaufmann’s rare painting Interior of the Holleschau Synagogue, which sold for $466,000, nearly four times its high estimate of $120,000. The painting came from the family of Paul Grüninger, a Swiss police commander in St. Gallen who saved some 3600 Jewish refugees from Austria, following the Anschluss. The auction also featured the only known illustrated manuscript Haggadah from India, which soared above its high estimate at $418,000 (est. $175/225,000). The silver portion of the auction was led by a French silver synagogue eternal lamp, which was created by Maurice Mayer in Paris circa 1855 and sold for $30,000 (estimate $20/30,000).
Details: This year’s sale of Important Judaica features an outstanding array of Hebrew books and manuscripts, most notably, the oldest complete Ashkenazic Torah Scroll, ca. 1270 CE ($300,000 - 500,000). A choice offering of incunabula includes six of the first Hebrew books ever printed. The considerable American Judaica section is highlighted by an exquisite nineteenth-century micrographic Shiviti ($60,000-80,000); and the earliest illustrated American Ketubbah, New York, 1751 ($80,000-100,000). In addition, this sale will include a selection of fine ritual silver and metalwork. A particularly strong Fine Arts section includes several works by Isidor Kaufmann and a recently rediscovered masterpiece by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Sarah Leads Hagar to Abraham ($280,000 - 350,000).