More than 60 years practical knowledge of selling art

2018

Double Jubilee: NEUMEISTER turns 60, Katrin Stoll celebrates 10 years leading the company

New Corporate Identity: NEUMEISTER’s New Look: clearer, more factual, younger

Special Auction Dr. Alfred Ziffer. NEUMEISTER successfully auctions off one of the most important private collections of (predominantly) Nymphenburg porcelain

Charity Auction „Helping Without Limit“ to benefit the Hilfsverein Nymphenburg e.V. on the occasion of the 85th birthday of HRH The Duke of Bavaria. Top result: A C-print by Andreas Gursky achieves a hammer price of 140.000 Euros

2017

 Special Auction „From a Franconian Private Collection“: Best 19th century, impeccable provenance, 236 lots, 2 hours, almost 100 per cent sold

Special Auction „Private Collection Karl Wormser“: Fascinating collector, legendary collection, 127 lots, 90 minutes, 99 per cent sold

2015

A stellar year for special sales at NEUMEISTER: 29 October: “18th to 20th Century Paintings from the Former Collection of Dr Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt“. A portrait of the Bavarian Princess Auguste Amalie de Beauharnais, painted by Andrea Appiani in1809, is auctioned for over EUR 300,000, while Spitzweg‘s “Girl with Goat“ is sold to the Grohmann Museum in the USA for EUR 66,000. Almost 100 of the works are sold.

28 November: Special sale “Expressionist Prints from the Private Estate of Diethild and Lothar-Günther Buchheim“ achieves a sales quota of almost 100%, doubling the original total estimate.

3 December: The Jubilee Auction “90 Years of Rudolf Neumeister“, presenting 90 rarities from a range of genres representing over 600 years of art history, also achieved superb results.

2014

Sensational special sale of over 100 paintings “From the Wittelsbach and Habsburg Estates” in September. Buyers included the administration of Schönbrunn Palace, the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin and Clemenswerth Palace in the Emsland region. Virtually all lots were sold on this evening, almost doubling the original overall estimate.

2013

In cooperation with Munich-based art dealers Kunsthandlung Röbbig, NEUMEISTER presents a symposium on tobacco boxes with high-calibre speakers. NEUMEISTER holds a special sale of the inventory from Teisbach Castle, achieving a sales quota of over 90 per cent.

2012

21 works on paper by Adolph von Menzel from a superb private collection are snapped up at a NEUMEISTER special sale that attracts international attention. All 21 works achieved top bids with a 100% sales quota; the original estimate was exceeded sixfold, generating total sales of EUR 1.4 million.

A private collection of 62 works by Heinrich von Zügel is eagerly received by sellers.

2011

NEUMEISTER holds an interdisciplinary symposium on the theme of Silver to mark the 90th birthday of Munich’s internationally famous silver expert, Dr. Helmut Seling. Prestigious speakers include the Director of the “Green Vault”, Prof. Dr. Dirk Syndram; Timothy Schroder, The Silver Society London; and Dr. Annette Schommers, with Egidius Roidl from the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum.

2010

Special sale from the estate of the important Art Nouveau collector, Prof. Kurt Liebermeister. His magnificent collection of around 470 items almost 100% sales, with original estimates quadrupled in many cases.

2009

Katrin Stoll commissions art historian Meike Hopp to appraise the history of NEUMEISTER’s predecessor organisation, “Kunsthandlungen Adolf Weinmüllers in München und Wien 1936-1945”. The commission is a public-private partnership between the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (project management), NEUMEISTER, and the Provenance Research Office (AfP), Berlin (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturgutbesitz). Prestigious Munich lawyer Prof. Dr. Wolf-Rüdiger Bub joins the company as a partner.

2008

The auction house celebrates its 50th anniversary. Katrin Stoll becomes Associate Partner. Rudolf Neumeister retires from active business.

2006

The Friends of the Haus der Kunst, Munich, commission NEUMEISTER to auction their entire collection. The auction is overseen by Rudolf Neumeister’s daughter, Katrin Stoll. With an overall estimate of around EUR 1 million, almost 100 per cent of the items offered are sold, with sales totalling EUR 5.4 million.

The House of Wittelsbach entrusts the auction of the Bavarian “Königsservice” to NEUMEISTER. The porcelain dinner service was a gift celebrating the golden wedding of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III, and Maria Theresa, Arch-Duchess of Habsburg-Este, in 1918. The entire service is sold to the Nymphenburg Royal Porcelain Manufactory for EUR 230,000.

2005

Auction of further items from the collection of Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt, in a special sale, with almost 100% sales quota.

2003

Special sale of the broadly based collection of Dr. Christian Wolters. The art historian, natural scientist and restorer brought the Doerner Institute to global fame. His collection spans Art Nouveau and applied arts, paintings, works on paper, sculptures, ceramics and African and Japanese art.

2000

DM 2.9 million is paid for Carl Spitzweg’s “The Eternal Bridegroom”.

1999

Auction of part of the collection of Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt, in einer Sonderauktion.

1998

NEUMEISTER is entrusted with the collection of writer Paul Eipper; his outstanding collection of graphic art, including the entire portfolio of “Fridericus Rex” and colour lithographs by Lovis Corinth, survived the Second World War by being concealed in walled-up niches at Eipper’s Berlin home.

A world record price of DM 1 million is achieved for Carl Spitzweg’s painting “Peace Through the Land”.

1996

The estate of theatre actress Maria Wimmer is auctioned in a unique special sale. Wimmer and her husband, lawyer Dr Otto Seemüller, were connoisseurs of modern art. NEUMEISTER auctioned works by Christian Rohlfs, Emil Nolde and Max Pechstein.

1987

Further special sales of MODERN ART. A work by Otto Mueller is sold for DM 1.4 million.

1983

Katrin Stoll, née Neumeister, today Associate Partner at NEUMEISTER, joins the family company as a limited partner. This year, the 25th anniversary of the auction house, over 13,000 items are auctioned.

1979

Auction of 54 Gothic sculptures from the Oertel Collection: 68 minutes, DM 5.1 million. Bidders include the Württemberg State Museum and Bavarian National Museum.

1978

The company moves into new premises at 37, Barer Strasse.

1974

Purchase of business premises at 37, Barer Strasse. After four years of conversion and rebuilding by the architects’ office of Zangenberg und Rheinberger, the auction house can boast 1,200 sqm of business space, an underground car park and showrooms.

The company is renamed “NEUMEISTER Münchener Kunstauktionshaus”.

1968

The company is renamed “Neumeister KG, vorm. Münchener Kunstversteigerungshaus Adolf Weinmüller“.

1966

The company’s 100th auction.

1965

The first auction of Modern Art is held in addition to the regular auctions.

1963

Auction of the estate of a Southern German film producer, with paintings by Wilhelm Leibl, Hans Purrmann and Carl Spitzweg under the hammer. Buyers include international celebrities such as Princess Soraya of Persia.

1962

The collection of Igo Levi-Luzern enthralls bidders around the world and is sold to distinguished private collections and museums, including the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, the Germanic National Museum in Nurember, the Hamburg Museum for Arts and Crafts and the Berlin Museum of Decorative Arts.

1960

Auction of the estate of the art collector and art dealer Otto Bernheimer, consolidating the status of the auction house at international level. From now on, established clientele includes important private collections and museums.

1958

1 April: After the death of the company owner, Adolf Weinmüller, Rudolf Neumeister becomes a shareholder of “Münchener Kunstversteigerungshaus Adolf Weinmüller”, located in the Almeida Palace at 14, Brienner Strasse.

7 May: Rudolf Neumeister knocks down his first lot.

July: Rudolf Neumeister takes over the auction house of “Münchener Kunstversteigerungshaus Adolf Weinmüller” in a transaction arranged by the Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank. The original name of the company is kept at first, later receiving the addition of “Rudolf Neumeister”.