Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers of Fine Art has this afternoon broken its own auction record with the sale of a rare Ming vase from the 1400s. The vase was sold for an impressive DKK 15.6 million (€ 2.1 million including buyer’s premium) – the highest hammer price in the history of the auction house as well as the Danish auction record for an item of porcelain.
"We are extremely happy about the impressive record price achieved by the rare Ming vase. It was brought to Denmark from China by Tage Wøldike Schmidt (1915-2010), who was director of the East Asiatic Company (ØK), for whom he was posted for a number of years (1930- 60s) in China, Pakistan and India," said Ralph Lexner, Head of the department for Oriental art.
There was strong international demand for the vase. In the end, however, the vase returned to China after an intense bidding war via telephone bids, live-bidding and bids from the audience in the saleroom.
Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers is one of Scandinavia’s leading international auction houses, and one of Denmark’s oldest. It all started on 6 October 1948, when Arne Bruun Rasmussen conducted the first traditional auction in the saleroom at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen. Today, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen stands at the helm of the family-run business together with the company’s CEO Jakob Dupont.
In 2004, the first online auction was launched, and today the auction house has expanded to include departments in Copenhagen and Aarhus and representations in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are auctioned off each year at the eight traditional auctions and the daily online auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weapons.