Max Beckmann’s mysterious portrait of a woman from 1942, “Die Agypterin“, which had been in the collection of the family of Erhard and Barbara Gopel since its creation, was sold to a Swiss private foundation for € 5.5 million including fees against the estimated €1.5–2 million.
Estimated at €1.5m-2m, the portrait, “Die Agypterin - The Egyptian Woman,” attracted 13 phone bidders and four collectors in the room. After a fierce bidding battle it went to a prominent Swiss private collection for a price of €4.7m (£4.1m), or a premium-inclusive €5.5m (£4.8m). This is not the first record for Beckmann. The previous record, also at Grisebach, was Beckmann’s Anni (Girl With Fan) which sold for €3.9m including fees in 2005.
The Egyptian Woman is a small work in blues and greys and was produced while the artist was living in exile in Amsterdam in 1942. It was acquired directly from Beckmann by the dealer Erhard Gopel that same year. His widow Barbara Gopel died last year at the age of 95, bequeathing two Beckmann paintings and dozens of drawings and prints to Berlin’s State Museums.
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