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Albert Edelfelt's magnificent painting sold at Helsinki Winter Sale

Helsinki Winter Sale attracted bidders from almost 40 countries and achieved strong final prices. The sale was led by Albert Edelfelt’s magnificent work, which after intense bidding reached an amazing final price of 183 990 €, thus becoming both the auction’s and the year’s most expensive lot in Finland.

“I am happy that we had the opportunity to sell this exquisite work. It was particularly joyful to see how classic Finnish art attracts buyers from different age groups. Quality art is timeless and reflects lasting values”, says Johan Wulff, Head of Art.

Works by Ferdinand von Wright, Ilja Jefimovitj Repin, Helene Schjerfbeck and Tove Jansson were also sought-after. Tove Jansson’s beautiful self-portrait more than tripled its estimate and sold for 32 005 €.

The demand for Finnish design continues to be strong and the department achieved fantastic results. Birger Kaipiainen’s ceramic sculpture was sold for 17 540 € and a pair of wall lights by Paavo Tynell realised 15 318 €.

Other notable highlights included a set of unique plates with Axel von Fersen’s monogram and a fantastic silver candelabrum by C.H. Hallberg.

After a successful auction season in Finland it is time for this season’s highlight, Important Winter Sale. The sale presents a fantastic collection of paintings and sculptures by leading artists.

Read more about Important Winter Sale here >


Helsinki Winter Sale –selected highlights:


TOVE JANSSON, LADY WITH FAN.
Final bid 
25 001 EUR
Estimate 
8 000 - 12 000 EUR
FERDINAND VON WRIGHT, THE DOG.
Final bid 
30 000 EUR
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 EUR
OLLI LYYTIKÄINEN, "PINK VOID".
Final bid 
8 700 EUR
Estimate 
7 000 - 9 000 EUR
TOVE JANSSON, THE HOTEL ROOM.
Final bid 
9 800 EUR
Estimate 
6 000 - 8 000 EUR
HELENE SCHJERFBECK, "THE CONVALESCENT".
Final bid 
12 800 EUR
Estimate 
7 000 - 9 000 EUR
KAJ STENVALL, "FOR US GENIOUSES". .
Final bid 
12 000 EUR
Estimate 
3 000 - 4 000 EUR
ALBERT EDELFELT, WINTERDAY IN HELSINKI MARKET SQUARE.
Final bid 
150 200 EUR
Estimate 
90 000 - 100 000 EUR
HUGO BACKMANSSON, VIEW FROM HELSINKI MARKET SQUARE.
Final bid 
8 700 EUR
Estimate 
8 000 - 10 000 EUR