The collection comes from Alphonse Kann, who later left his works to his niece, Hélène Kann-Bokanowski. Born in Vienna in 1870, to a family Jewish bankers, during his childhood Alphonse Kann moved to Paris. He began his career in finance, but at a young age, he quickly decided this was not for him and instead dedicated his life to collecting art.

He collected Modern Masters, including: Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Léger and more. Georges Salles, the Louvre's curator, once nicknamed Kann the ''Prince of Collectors.''

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 13.08.00 A Niniveh stone relief fragment, 7th century B.C.

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 13.11.04 Jean-Baptiste Deshays Rouen, 1729 - Paris, 1765 , Mercure and Argus

Kann owned the Hôtel Particulier in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, which he decorated with Oriental, Asian, Tribal, modern and ancient works from his collection.

In 1938, Kann moved to London. Sadly, in 1940, his home in Saint-Germain-en-Laye was taken over by the Geheime Feldpolizei from the German secret police. 1 400 works from Kann's collection were taken to the Reich in Germany.

In 1947, during the Liberation period, Kann was given part of his collection back. In 1948 he passed away, and left it to his nephews, including his niece, Hélène Kann-Bokanowski.

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 13.12.02 Georges Braque 1882 - 1963, Still Life with bunch of grapes and Extended nude

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 13.12.39 Pablo Picasso & Madoura (1881 - 1973) Complete set of eight dishes with bullfights, polychrome dotted lines

Born in Paris in 1910, Hélène spent her summers with her uncle, Alphonse. She was fascinated by his collection, even meeting his artist friends Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Hélène, who passed away in 2000, grew Kann's collection, adding modern and contemporary art works.

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 13.14.14 Léon Tutundjian, Untitled, 1929

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 13.15.41 Bernard Rancillac, On the Wall of Watts, 1966

Astrid Guillon, co-director of Artcurial and auctioneer, explained the importance of this historical collection of art, ''The Alphonse Kann and Hélène Kann-Bokanowski collections illustrate the fine taste of two generations of passionate collectors who dedicated their life to acquiring art both with the same vision, respect of the past and enthusiasm for the present. This is a unique and passionate collection with objects from antique and modern day.''

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