Ulrike Christina Goetz

  • Director | Head of Department Sculpture


As head of Sotheby’s European Sculpture department in Paris since 20 years, Ulrike Christina Goetz has been instrumental in several important sales of European Works of Art at Sotheby’s worldwide, such as the legendary Chateau Groussay sale, the Dormeuil Collection of important Medieval Enamels and Ivories in 2007, the famous Fabius Collection comprising more than 300 lots of French 18th- and 19th-century sculpture and paintings in 2011 and more recently the Jacqueline de Ribes collection, sold in Paris in 2019, with two important bronzes by Antonio Susini, (circa 1590/1600), from the French royal collections, for which we achieved record prices of €4.5m for l’Enlèvement d’une Sabine, and €1.8m for la Fortune (and a sales total of €18.5m).

Her discoveries also include a rare pair of bronzes Bacchants chevauchant des panthères by Willem Van Tétrode (1525-1580) discovered in 2002 in a private French collection, which were sold for £2.9m and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 2012; an important bust of Louis XIV by François Girardon (1628-1715) in 2001, now in an American museum; Jean-Léon Gérôme's original polychrome plaster for Corinthe in 1904, exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay in 2008; and the Grande Névrose marble, sold for €1.5m in 2017 to a private collector. In 2019, Ulrike discovered in the Schickler-Pourtalès collection an important pair of stone Putti, masterpieces of the German Renaissance, carved by Hans Daucher, circa 1525-30. Coming from the Fugger Chapel in Augsburg, it was sold for €2.3m in May 2019 to find its home in the Augsburg museums. Most recently, in 2021, two important French Baroque bronzes of Neptune and Pluto by Michel Anguier (1612-1686) achieved record prices of €1.5m and €800,000.

Through her experience in auctions, Ulrike is aware of potential buyers of European sculptures from all over the world. Over the years, she has established close relationships with private collectors and museum curators in Europe and the United States. As a result, she has completed several important private treaty transactions with collectors and museums, including an important bronze of Antinous by Gianfrancesco Susini (1585-1653) which was acquired by the JP Getty museum, and two French baroque bronzes from the collections of Louis XIV, which were recently sold to the Louvre museum.

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