Record prices and a high demand for design concludes Helsinki Spring Sale

Helsinki Spring Sale was closed successfully this evening after competitive bidding. The auction’s offer spanned over a century and presented the finest artworks from the late 19th century to today, a exceptional selection of carefully design objects, stunning jewellery and antiques.

The top lot of the evening was Reidar Särestöniemi’s “Bobcats” artwork that reached a final price of 114 571 €. Other amazing results were achieved for artworks by Helene Schjerfbeck , Ahti Lavonen, and Hanna Frosterus-Segerstråle’s magnificent “A little patient” was sold high above estimate for 73 991 € after intense bidding. The painting was created in 1889 and was offered as a raffle prize immediately on completion, remaining unknown to the public until finally forming part of an exhibition to mark the artist’s 70th birthday in 1937.

Olli Lyytikäinen’s artworks were also in high demand and his artwork "Three pyramids and the sphinx" reached a final price of 25 860 €, three times over its estimate, earning a new world auction record for the artist.

"The demand for Finnish modern and contemporary art was stronger than ever and the departments attracted a record number of international bidders. Hanna Frosterus-Segerstråle’s iconic and significant painting realized a final price well above its estimate, Olli Lyytikäinen’s "Three pyramids and the sphinx" was sold for a record price and the interest for Särestöniemi’s mystical artworks continues to be strong", says Laura Pohjola, specialist art.

The design department achieved a high sale-through rate and fantastic final prices. The highlight of the department was a decorative plate by Kaipiainen that reached a final price of 32 515 €, almost three times its estimate, which shows the never-ending interest for the artist.

There is a high demand for unique design items with interesting provenances. Kaipiainen's magnificent plate is an important example of his appreciated and modern design, says Anna Rosenius, Bukowskis’ design specialist.

There was also a strong interest in modern and antique jewellery. The jewellery department presented 44 stunning lots and achieved strong prices. The highlight of the department was a golden case by Cartier that reached a final price of 9 253 € and a Bulgari bangle which realized 6 620 €.

Through quality, expertise and an international network Bukowskis is the leading Nordic auction house. We are now accepting design consignments for this spring’s exceptional auction, Helsinki Design Sale. Welcome to contact our expert for a free valuation and consignment already today.

  • Laura Pohjola
    Laura Pohjola
    Specialist modern and contemporary art, Finnish art, photography
    +358 (0)400 46 45 76
  • Anna Rosenius
    Anna Rosenius
    Specialist, Design
    +358 (0)40 1284 977
  • Joachim Borgström
    Joachim Borgström
    Specialist Classic Finnish Art, Furniture, Works of Art and silver
    +358 (0)40 555 1334
  • Nina Westerlund
    Nina Westerlund
    Specialist Watches and Jewellery, gemmologist
    +358 50 5772620 +46 (0)737 76 28 54

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