Helsinki Winter Sale – new auction records for Unto Koistinen and Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson, "Nature morte" , sold for: 70 543 € & Unto Koistinen, "Blue girl", sold for: 51 458 €.


Helsinki Winter Sale attracted eager online bidders from 36 countries and achieved strong results. The art department presented several sought-after works by leading Finnish artists and new auction records were set for Tove Jansson and Unto Koistinen.

The top lot of the evening was Tove Jansson’s "Nature morte", which after intense bidding more than quadrupled its estimate of 12 000 – 16 000 € and sold for a record price of 70 543 €. Another auction record was set for Unto Koistinen’s “Blue girl” that sold for a fantastic final price of 51 458 €. “Blue Girl” was an especially significant work for the artist himself – he refused to sell it and kept it on his own wall until the end of his life.

The interest in our modern art department exceeded our expectations. The department attracted both Finnish and international bidders and many of the works reached final prices well above their estimates, says Laura Pohjola, Head specialist Finnish modern art.

Other notable art highlights were Victor Westerholm’s beautiful winter landscape that sold for 64 927 €, Ferdinand von Wright’s oil painting that realized 61 742 €, and Ahti Lavonen’s "Yellow square" that sold for 53 762 €.

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Björn Weckström, A 14K gold bracleet "Suma". Lapponia 1974.
Final bid 
6 000 EUR
Estimate 
3 500 - 4 000 EUR
Nina Terno, Rider.
Final bid 
12 800 EUR
Estimate 
9 000 - 12 000 EUR
Tove Jansson, "Nature morte".
Final bid 
55 200 EUR
Estimate 
12 000 - 16 000 EUR
Alvar Aalto, a 1950's vase for Iittala.
Final bid 
6 350 EUR
Estimate 
4 000 - 5 000 EUR
Ferdinand von Wright, Black grouses at a pinetree.
Final bid 
50 400 EUR
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 EUR
Albert Edelfelt, Aino Ackté and her daughter Glory.
Final bid 
40 400 EUR
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 EUR
Ahti Lavonen, "Yellow square".
Final bid 
42 000 EUR
Estimate 
40 000 - 60 000 EUR
Reidar Särestöniemi, "Midwinter snow".
Final bid 
35 300 EUR
Estimate 
35 000 - 45 000 EUR
Rut Bryk, a ceramic relief signed Rut Bryk.
Final bid 
7 400 EUR
Estimate 
6 000 - 8 000 EUR
Tove Jansson, "Lady with gladiolus".
Final bid 
26 400 EUR
Estimate 
12 000 - 18 000 EUR
Unto Koistinen, "Blue girl".
Final bid 
40 200 EUR
Estimate 
25 000 - 35 000 EUR
Victor Westerholm, Rapids in winter sunlight.
Final bid 
53 000 EUR
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 EUR
Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Composition.
Final bid 
36 205 EUR
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 EUR
Tove Jansson, "Riddarholmen".
Final bid 
25 401 EUR
Estimate 
6 000 - 8 000 EUR