New world records for Birger Carlstedt and Tove Jansson at Helsinki Spring Sale

Birger Carlstedt (sold for 135 956 €), Alexaner Calder (sold for 115 829 €), Tove Jansson (sold for 52 226 €).

Bukowskis' Helsinki Spring Sale was closed successfully on Sunday evening. All departments achieved high final prices and attracted bidders from 35 countries. The strong results once again demonstrate the strength of the art market and Bukowskis’ ability to respond and adapt to its customers’ changing demands during these challenging circumstances.

The top lot of the evening was Nicolai Konstantinovitch Roerich magnificent work, which after intense bidding reached a final price of 221 963 €. The sale also set new world records for the Finnish artists Birger Carlstedt and Tove Jansson. The large abstract painting by Carlstedt sold for 135 956 € and Tove Jansson’s still life realized 52 226 €.

Other notable highlights were “The first snow” by Pekka Halonen that sold for 88 445 € and a unique bracelet by Alexander Calder from the collection of Maire Gullichsen. The bracelet surpassed its estimate of 25 000 – 35 000 € and sold for an amazing final price of 115 829 €.

“Our modern art department achieved fantastic results. Calder’s unique bracelet attracted a lot of national and international interest, it was exciting to follow the intense bidding during the last five minutes. We set new auction records for both Birger Carlstedt and Tove Jansson. The international interest for both artists has increased their price levels significantly”, says Laura Pohjola, modern art specialist.

"The strong result once again proves the significance of the old wisdom that there is always a demand for quality, regardless of global challenges or fluctuations in the economy. Strong classical works find buyers in all age groups and it is obvious that collectors are especially alert when extremely unique paintings are for sale. A good example is Pekka Halonen's ”The first snow”, which was now for sale at the market for the first time in its 118 years history. The global and intense interest for the Russian painter and philosopher Nicolai Roerich's work ”Cottage in twilight” showed the efficiency and diversity of our marketing channels", says Johan Wulff, classical art specialist.


NICOLAI KONSTANTINOVITCH ROERICH, COTTAGE IN TWILIGHT.
Final bid 
181 200 EUR
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 EUR
PAAVO TYNELL, a mid-20th century chandelier for Idman.
Final bid 
15 001 EUR
Estimate 
8 000 - 10 000 EUR
RAFAEL WARDI, STILL LIFE WITH YELLOW.
Final bid 
9 905 EUR
Estimate 
7 000 - 9 000 EUR
HELENA WESTERMARCK, "LITTLE MAJA".
Final bid 
61 200 EUR
Estimate 
12 000 - 15 000 EUR
SIMEON FEDOROVICH FEDOROV, SUMMER DAY AT THE BROOK.
Final bid 
24 200 EUR
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 EUR
PEKKA HALONEN, THE FIRST SNOW.
Final bid 
72 200 EUR
Estimate 
70 000 - 80 000 EUR
TOVE JANSSON, STILL LIFE WITH A SHELL AND A FAN.
Final bid 
40 800 EUR
Estimate 
8 000 - 12 000 EUR
JUHANI LINNOVAARA, "CONEY ISLAND".
Final bid 
11 201 EUR
Estimate 
8 000 - 12 000 EUR
PEKKA HALONEN, STREAM MOTIF.
Final bid 
30 700 EUR
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 EUR
FERDINAND VON WRIGHT, A HAWK WITH ITS PREY.
Final bid 
20 400 EUR
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 EUR
OTTO MÄKILÄ, "SCREAM".
Final bid 
12 200 EUR
Estimate 
8 000 - 12 000 EUR
MATTI KUJASALO, UNTITLED.
Final bid 
10 200 EUR
Estimate 
3 500 - 4 500 EUR
SAM VANNI, COMPOSITION.
Final bid 
7 300 EUR
Estimate 
4 000 - 5 000 EUR
BIRGER CARLSTEDT, "COMPOSITION".
Final bid 
107 200 EUR
Estimate 
50 000 - 70 000 EUR
ALEXANDER CALDER, A 1930's brass bracelet.
Final bid 
91 200 EUR
Estimate 
25 000 - 35 000 EUR