Lempertz is one of the leading auction houses in Europe and the eldest in family posession. The history of the company reaches back to 1798, when Johann Matthias Heberle established the „Antiquargeschäft mit Auktionsanstalt (Antiquarian Book Shop including Auctions)" that held important auctions of rare books and art works. After the death of the founder in 1840, his employee Heinrich Lempertz, at that time 24 years old, took over the company that was than renamed „J. M. Heberle (H. Lempertz)“ On 5 September 1844, the administration of the City of Cologne granted the concession to establish a branch in Bonn that was managed by Mathias Lempertz, brother of Heinrich Lempertz. On 18 November 1844, the first Lempertz auction was held in Bonn. From April 1845 Lempertz resided in a house in Fürstenstrasse 2 in which the widow of Friedrich Schiller had died in 1826. The auction of the important library of August Wilhelm Schlegel in 1845 established the company´s reputation, followed by the auction of the estates of E. M. Arndt (1860) and B. Hundshagen (1867) with a manuscript of the Nibelungen from the early 15th Century that was acquired by the Royal Library in Berlin. In 1875 Peter Hanstein, an employee of Mathias Lemperz, buys the respected firm and gradually moves the auction business to Cologne. In 1918 the building at Neumarkt is purchased. The classicist building is destroyed by bombs in 1943, like most of Cologne’s inner city. After the monetary reform Lempertz succeeds once more in establishing itself as the leading German art and auction house. A visible sign of this is the building at Neumarkt, completed in 1952, listed today in the Register of Historic Buildings. The Roman-Germanic Museum and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum organize their first exhibitions here between 1953-1957. In 1965 the Gallery Lempertz Contempora is founded, an exhibition forum for contemporary art. In 1984 Lempertz complements its range by buying into the antique book store Venator. The name is changed to Venator & Hanstein. Since the beginning of 2000, Kunsthaus Lempertz is the only German auction house to be part of the renowned International Auctioneers group (IA), a group that unites eight independent leading auction houses from eight countries.

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Happy Pride Month!
It’s time to celebrate love and equal rights for all - but also to create awareness, fight prejudice and discrimination. To celebrate, Barnebys will list a couple of artist from the LGBTQ community that all made, and are still making a great impact on the artworld.
Asian art and Japanese delicacies with Lempertz
On June 15 and 16, Cologne based auction house Lempertz stages an impressive Asian Art Sale.
Wilhelm von Gloeden's naked men
The photographs by the German baron taken at his house in Taormina at the end of the 19th century were quite controversial at the time, as they portrayed young boys posing as Greek statues, naked or dressed in drapery.
The Klaus J. Jacobs Collection: Take two
The first part of the estate of coffee entrepreneur Klaus J. Jacobs had a 100% sell through rate last week at auction house Lempertz, Cologne. Next week, more coffee-related works by major artists will be part of the Modern Art auction.
''Fall is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.'' - Albert Camus
With crisper weather, golden and red leaves in the fall months, we explore the work of three German painters who captured the beauty of the season.

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An Elisabeth Wessel Evening Dress
Aubergine coloured devoré silk, black silk velvet. "Love me" model. Labelled Elisabeth Wessel Monte Carlo. Lempertz
Oswald Achenbach
Signiert und datiert unten in der Mitte: Osw. Achenbach 83.\n\nÖl auf Leinwand. 60,5 x 52,5 cm. Lempertz
An Edo school boxwood netsuke of a skeleton beating a mokugyo, by Tomotada. Mid-19th century
Seated on his heels behind a large mokugyo on a flat cushion, the hand with a striker raised in the act of beating the gong. Signed Tomotada in an irregular reserve. Lempertz
Stefan Wewerka, Untitled (Stuhlskulptur, Eckstuhl), 1969/1970
The underside of the seating surface signed and dated 'St. Wewerka 70/69'. Wooden chair Lempertz
Jürgen Partenheimer
Aquarell und Bleistift auf leicht genarbtem Velin 37 x 27,5 cm, unter Glas gerahmt. Mittig am unteren Rand monogrammiert und datiert JP 86. Lempertz
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Neumarkt 3
50667 Cologne
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