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
Helsinki
Laura Pohjola
Specialist modern and contemporary art
+358 (0)50 428 2146
Anna Rosenius
Helsinki
Anna Rosenius
Specialist design
+358 (0)40 1284 977

Art – top lots

HELENE SCHJERFBECK, GIRL WITH BRAIDS.
Final bid 
65 400 EUR
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 EUR
OLLI LYYTIKÄINEN, "THREE PYRAMIDS AND THE SPHINX".
Final bid 
20 200 EUR
Estimate 
6 000 - 8 000 EUR
HELENE SCHJERFBECK, "Dulcinea del Toboso".
Final bid 
68 400 EUR
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 EUR
HEIKKI MARILA, "FLOWERS XXVI".
Final bid 
18 900 EUR
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 EUR
HANNA FROSTERUS-SEGERSTRÅLE, "A LITTLE PATIENT".
Final bid 
60 400 EUR
Estimate 
40 000 - 45 000 EUR
REIDAR SÄRESTÖNIEMI, BOBCATS.
Final bid 
90 200 EUR
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 EUR
AHTI LAVONEN, SILVER THEME.
Final bid 
27 200 EUR
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 EUR
REIDAR SÄRESTÖNIEMI, LANDSCAPE.
Final bid 
41 200 EUR
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 EUR
LARS-GUNNAR NORDSTRÖM, COMPOSITION.
Final bid 
25 200 EUR
Estimate 
11 000 - 15 000 EUR
AKSELI GALLEN-KALLELA, oil on canvas, singed and dated Paris 1885.
Final bid 
21 950 EUR
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 EUR
ILKKA LAMMI, "WINTER THEME".
Final bid 
20 400 EUR
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 EUR
JOSEF VON BRANDT, oil on canvas, signed and dated 1883.
Final bid 
115 311 EUR
Estimate 
5 000 - 7 000 EUR

Design – top lots

BIRGER KAIPIAINEN, a decorative plate, stoneware, signed Kaipiainen Arabia.
Final bid 
25 400 EUR
Estimate 
10 000 - 12 000 EUR
PAAVO TYNELL, a mid 20th century wall light for Idman.
Final bid 
7 300 EUR
Estimate 
4 500 - 5 000 EUR
BIRGER KAIPIAINEN, a decorative plate, signed Kaipiainen, Arabia.
Final bid 
18 400 EUR
Estimate 
2 000 - 2 500 EUR
ALVAR AALTO, a 'A 809' floorlamp for Valaistustyö.
Final bid 
5 700 EUR
Estimate 
5 000 - 7 000 EUR
ALVAR AALTO, A '9750' vase Karhula Glassworks 1937-1949. Finland.
Final bid 
6 100 EUR
Estimate 
4 000 - 5 000 EUR

Jewellery – top lots