Photographs from the 1920s and 1930s were the big surprise in the 17th WestLicht Photo Auction:

Jaroslav Rössler's picture of a man with a hat started at 9,000 Euro and after an exciting bidding war went for 36,000 Euro to the highest bidder.

Theodore Lux Feininger's avant-garde view on the legs of dancer Gret Palucca, captured in 1928 in the house of his father Lyonel, changed ownership for a sensational 28,800 Euro (starting price 2,800 Euro).

Across the board, lots from members of Magnum Photos were highly sought-after: René Burri's “Dead lotus flowers on Kunming Lake”, 1964, climbed from 2,800 Euro to an unexpected final price of 22,800 Euro.

Moriz Nähr’s Klimt portrait with a price of 26,400 Euro, much talked about in the run-up to the Auction, was among the top lots as was Nan Goldin’s portfolio “James King: Supermodel”, which went to a collector for 24,000 Euro.

The Auction closed with a remarkable sales rate of 74%. Peter Coeln, WestLicht director: “We are very happy about the best result of a WestLicht Photo Auction to date. It demonstrates the ever growing significance of the medium of photography and shows that our uncompromising commitment to quality is the right strategy.”