Sigourney Weaver in Alien in PVC by Helmut Newton

Famed for their Old Masters and 19th century auctions, Cologne's Lempertz will be holding Modern and Contemporary auctions next month of equally impressive stature.

Sigourney Weaver in Alien in PVC by Helmut Newton

The previews of the Asian art auction will take place from the December 3 to the 7 at Lempertz in Cologne Neumarkt. The works featured in the auctions taking place prior to this will be exhibited until December 1.

Photography

Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver in Alien III, 1991
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver in Alien III, 1991

Ridley Scott's Alien film series, which began in 1979 with the first film entitled Alien shocked and fascinated audiences worldwide. Helmut Newton captured Sigourney Weaver in all her Sci-fi horror glory with his talented lens.

Modern Art

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, The Girl in the south-west, 1912
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, The Girl in the south-west, 1912

Several works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner are set to feature. Included here are the two with the highest estimate. The girl in the south-west was painted by Kirchner during a stay on the Ostseeinsel Fehmarn in 1912. His model was the dancer Erna Schilling, whom he had met shortly before she sat for him. The two remained great friends until his death. Houses in the snow was one of the first Kirchner painted in his home town Frauenkirch, Switzerland, after World War I.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Houses in the Snow, 1917
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Houses in the Snow, 1917
Emil Nolde, The hunter, 1918
Emil Nolde, The hunter, 1918
Max Liebermann, Horse on the beach, circa 1909
Max Liebermann, Horse on the beach, circa 1909

From the late 19th century, Max Liebermann began to devote himself to the bathers and riders who enjoyed the seaside resorts of the Dutch North Sea coast. The elegance of horse riders captivated him, which he has captured in this work featured in the auction.

Max Liebermann, Concerto in the opera, 1919
Max Liebermann, Concerto in the opera, 1919
George Grosz, Soirée, 1922
George Grosz, Soirée, 1922

Dadaist artist George Grosz adored capturing the Berlin society, which he did so with an element of humour.

Contemporary Art

Fernando Botero, Niño con un pájaro, 1965
Fernando Botero, Niño con un pájaro, 1965

Niño con un pájaro is an early work by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, who developed his over-proportioned figures in the 1950s.

Robert Longo, Untitled (Shark 7) 2008
Robert Longo, Untitled (Shark 7) 2008

You'd be forgiven for thinking that this photorealist charcoal drawing by Robert Longo was a photograph of a great white.

Gotthard Graubner, Colour space body II (left) and Colour space body I (right) 1997
Gotthard Graubner, Colour space body II (left) and Colour space body I (right) 1997
Günther Uecker,Spiral I (left) and Spiral II (right) 1997
Günther Uecker,Spiral I (left) and Spiral II (right) 1997

Asian Art

Qi Baishi, Shrimps
Qi Baishi, Shrimps

This paper work of Qi Baishi is from one of the most important of this periods of art for China, his home country. His oeuvre is devoted to motifs from nature, which he captures through the Chinese tradition of ink.

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