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Sotheby’s is set to launch auctions in Germany later this year, establishing itself as the only international auction house to hold sales in the country, and building on the company’s fifty-year-long history there:

10 – 17 September 2021
Modern & Contemporary Art Online, with works from artists including Otto Piene, Markus Lüpertz, Rudolf Jahns, to name just a few.

15 – 21 September 2021
A “Luxury” Online sale dedicated to the broad selection of items that Sotheby’s now offers across Watches, Jewels, Handbags, Sneakers and more.

19 – 26 November 2021
A cross-category online sale with works by emerging young and cutting-edge artists complemented by renowned local and international artists.

Cologne will become Sotheby’s new central office in Germany. The beautiful new space Sotheby’s will occupy there - a former palace with a series of palatial rooms opening onto an open terrace with sweeping vistas over the river Rhine, will provide the perfect backdrop to exhibitions of fine art and luxury items across the spectrum of Sotheby’s auction and private sales offerings. The move will establish Cologne as Sotheby’s sixth selling location in Europe, joining London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich and Milan, and as Sotheby’s new central office in Germany.

The sales hosted from Germany will span a wide spectrum of offerings – ranging from Modern & Contemporary Art, Design, Photography and Luxury categories, with three auctions confirmed for 2021 - all of which will be sourced in Germany and neighboring countries, catalogued by Sotheby’s strong team of on-the-ground specialists in Cologne, and presented for sale via Sotheby’s far-reaching online channels.

The Palais Oppenheim, Sotheby’s new home in Cologne, is a splendid villa built in 1908 on the Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer in the neighborhood of Bayenthal.

From this summer onwards, Sotheby’s will occupy the Bel Étage of the Palais, providing the perfect setting for welcoming collectors, hosting exhibitions, and valuing art and luxury items. Exhibitions over the course of the year will showcase not only the art to be offered in the Cologne sales, but also works and luxury items available for immediate purchase and private sale.

Since Sotheby's Cologne office opened in 1982, it has become a valuable resource for local clients. With a strong Specialists team on the ground for fine and decorative art as well as our international experts in 44 categories based in 40 countries, we can assist you in identifying and valuing your personal or corporate property and remain at your disposal to advise you on shipping, buying and selling with Sotheby's. Sotheby’s Cologne offers free valuation days on a regular basis.

For any further information to enquire about the possibility of offering a works of art, design, photography or luxury good for sale in Cologne or on the valuation day, please call our team in Cologne prior to visiting for an appointment under the telephone number or email us. We would be delighted to provide advice and valuations, for auction or private sale, on any relevant works within your collection.

At the present, we are actively seeking consignments for our upcoming sales in Cologne as well in all collecting areas for inclusion in Sotheby's upcoming sales worldwide.

For more information about Sotheby's other German locations, view our location pages below:

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