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Fifty-five years ago Pierre Koller founded a gallery that grew into one of the country's leading auction houses. Today it is run by Cyril Koller, who took over after his father.

Koller has sold a great deal of remarkable art pieces throughout the years. At the March auction the spotlight will shine on the Old Masters and Russian paintings. On top of the list is a painting by Giorgio Vasari(Arezzo 1511 - 1571 Florence) and his pupils. The estimate is approximately $600,000-$900,000.

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The second highest estimate belongs to an oil painting of a ship off of the Caucasian coast, painted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky in 1899. The painting comes from a private European collection and has an estimate of $490,000-$560,000.

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A wonderful little floral still life depicting a bouquet of flowers with insects standing in a green glass vase painted by Jacob van Walscapelle has an estimate of $255,000-$300,000. The last time that it was on the market was when it sold at TEFAF in Maastricht.

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The high prices aren't just reserved for the sale's art section. A pair of games tables attributed to the workshop of David Roentgen, one of the leading furniture makers of the 1700's. It dates back to circa 1785 and has an estimate of $200,000-$300,000.

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The very expressive bust of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt is number 25 in a series of sculptures called "character heads", from around 1816. The sculpture depicts a man going through magnet therapy and has previously belonged to the Prince of Lichtenstein Valtice. The grimacing man has an estimate of $150,000-$255,000.

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Switzerland is traditionally an undisputed key market for jewelry auctions. Koller is no exception, this sale includes many amazing pieces of jewelry. This necklace made of platinum and gold with hanging brilliant cut diamonds has an estimate of $50,000-$80,000.

The catalogue does include estimates under six figures. There are many incredible objects in a completely different price range...

Find the entire catalogue here!

 

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