Ketterer Kunst (Art auction house)



2015-06-26 11:07:37

Ketterer Kunst is a German auction house specializing in fine art and rare books.

The company has offices in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Heidelberg and Krefeld, and conducts regular high-profile auctions across the country.


The company’s primary focus in fine art, and their art auctions cover a wide range of areas including:

Modern Art

The Modern Art auctions feature works by some of the 20th century’s leading artists, and include styles such as Expressionism, Impressionism, Surrealism, Bauhaus, Cubism, Constructivism, Dada and Symbolism.

Amongst the items offered are works by Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Paul Cézanne and Renoir.

Old Masters

These auctions include 19th century paintings, Old Master paintings, prints and drawings, marine art, antiquarian maps, engravings and 17th century Flemish paintings.

Artists featured include Leonardo da Vinci, Raffael, Bernadino Luini and Jean-Baptiste Belin.


These sales feature contemporary figurative paintings, Abstract art, Pop art, Op art, Minimalism, Kinetic art and photography.

The work featured comes from some of the world’s most notable post-war artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Jasper Johns and Marc Chagall.

Rare books

The company also conducts regular rare book auctions featuring first and special editions, militaria, art literature, children’s books, erotica, bibles, sheet music, Judaica and historical documents such as family registers.

These sales also feature manuscripts, autographs and decorative prints.


The company was formed in 1946 by Roman Norbert Ketterer, when he founded his first auction house the "Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett along with his younger brother Wolfgang, who had recently returned from an American prisoner of war internment camp.

The brothers began to offer artwork that had been declared "degenerate" and subsequently confiscated by the Third Reich on the free market in Germany for the first time.

They found immediate success and within a few years the "Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett" established itself as the leading auction house for modern art.

In 1954 Wolfgang Ketterer opened his own gallery on Hackländerstraße in Stuttgart, and Roman Norbert Ketterer took over as literary executor for the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

His efforts with the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner culminated in 1992 with the establishment of the Kirchner Museum in Davos.

In the meantime, Wolfgang Ketterer moved with his gallery from Stuttgart to Munich in 1965.

In 1989, Ketterer Kunst expanded its activities to the north and took over the prestigious book and art auction house of F. Dörling, which had been founded in 1795 in Hamburg.

To this day the business continues to be run by the Ketterer family, after Wolfgang’s retirement in 1994.

Notable sales


  • ‘Nadja’ (1919) by Emil Nolde, sold for 2,537,000 EUR in June 2007
  • ‘Kinderköpfchen’ (1906) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, sold for 1,740,000 EUR in December 2010
  • ‘Artistenpaar’ (1910) by Otto Mueller, sold for 780,000 EUR in December 2009


  • A rare theological 16th century manuscript by Thomas Murner, sold for 442,750 EUR in December 1979
  • A rare illuminated manuscript by H. Schedel entitled ‘World Chronicle’, dated 1496, sold for 259.600 EUR in November 2010
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