Villa Grisebach Auctions



2015-06-26 10:30:46

Villa Grisebach Auctions is a German auction house which specialises in art and photography.

Background and history

Villa Grisebach Auctions was established in 1986 through a collaboration of five Berlin art dealers: Bernd Schultz, Hans Pels-Leusden, Wilfried Utermann, Raimund Thomas and Michael Neumann.

Led by Schultz, the group were determined to restore Berlin’s former reputation as one of the world’s art capitals through their new venture. They found success during their first year of business, and their dedicated approach which combined fresh discoveries along with extended guarantees earned them a reputation for being “transparent, fair, and market-realistic”.

Since 1988, Villa Grisebach has consistently been Germany’s top-selling Modern Art auction house and has achieved an international status through their expertise and promotion of modern German art around the world.


The company conducts two suites of sales each year, in the Spring and Autumn.

Specialists & Expertise

The company specialises in art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries along with photography. The company combines a highly ethical approach to sales with dedication to every individual artwork and detailed research.

Their team of experts includes:

19th & 20th Century Art -

  • Bernd Schultz
  • Micaela Kapitzky
  • Dr. Markus Krause
  • Florian Illies
  • Traute Meins
  • Julia Sagasser

Contemporary Art -

  • Daniel von Schacky

Third Floor - Estimates up to € 3.000 -

  • Friederike Valentien
  • Lena Winter
  • Synje Ziegler

Photography -

  • Franziska Schmidt
  • Susanne Schmid
  • Kathrin Kohle

Art historical and provenance research -

  • Stefan Pucks
  • Dr. Martin Schmidt
  • Miriam Klug
  • Laura von Bismarck

Notable sales

In 2011 Villa Grisebach Auctions achieved their highest results in the company’s 25-year history, with annual figures of 55.4 million Euro. These results ranked them as the highest-grossing auction house in Germany in 2011.

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