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Highlights from the preview: Artworks by Tony Matelli and Martin Kippenberger
Highlights from the preview: Artworks by Tony Matelli and Martin Kippenberger

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Exclusive Art and Design Preview in London

We have handpicked a selection of world-renowned artwork and rare design classics from this summer's international auction in Copenhagen and will exhibit them at the Danish Embassy in London on 15 and 16 May. 

This time we focus on an exceptional still life by the Dutch artist Pieter Claesz from 1625, a hitherto unknown portrait of a boy by the French Impressionist Camille Pissarro and an extraordinary private collection of drawings from Benjamin Wolff's collection ranging from the 16th century "Old Masters" to the Danish Golden Age during the 1800s. Included is also a fine series of Asian antiques from 16th – 19th century.

At the preview we also present an impressive selection of Asian contemporary art by artists such as Fang Lijun and Takashi Murakami along side important pieces by German artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Günther Förg and John M. Armleder. They are all displayed together with Danish furniture classics from the 20thcentury by Finn Juhl, Flemming Lassen and Jacob Hermann along side decorative stoneware by Axel Salto and Alev E. Siesbye.

Last but not least, we show outstanding wristwatches including a unique and iconic Rolex Daytona Cosmograph from 1964-65, identical to the legendary wristwatch owned by the American actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. For the ladies we present an exquisite selection of jewellery including the iconic Cartier "Panthère” bangle set with emeralds and diamonds weighing a total of 15.74 ct.

The exhibition takes place at the Danish Embassy, 55 Sloane St., London

Tuesday 15 May: 12 am to 6 pm, Cocktail reception 6 - 9 pm
Thursday 16 May: 10 am to 5 pm

Please note, that you need to register in advance via sales@bruun-rasmussen.dk and bring a photo ID to enter the event.

Meet the experts

In connection with the exhibition in London, it will be possible to meet our experts, who are all available for interviews:

  • Head of Modern & Contemporary Art, Niels Raben
  • Head of Design, Peter Kjelgaard
  • Head of Asian Antiques, Ralph Lexner
  • Fine Art Specialist, Søren Kjerk Holmstrup
  • Head of Wristwatches, Casper Behrendtzen
  • Head of International Jewellery, Katrin Mikkelsen Sørensen

Preview and auction in Copenhagen

Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, Bredgade 33, Copenhagen

Preview: 24 – 28 May
Auction: 29 May – 8 June

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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 third generation of the family, his son Frederik and daughter Alexa, and 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 Sweden, Germany, England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are put up for auction each year at the traditional auctions and daily online auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weaponry.

Press contacts

Niels Raben

Niels Raben

Head of Department Modern & Contemporary Art + 45 8818 1181
Peter Kjelgaard

Peter Kjelgaard

Head of Department Modern Decorative Art & Design + 45 8818 1191
Ralph Lexner

Ralph Lexner

Head of Department Decorative Art & Classic Interior, Asian & Islamic Art + 45 8818 1161
Katrin Mikkelsen Sørensen

Katrin Mikkelsen Sørensen

Specialist Jewellery, Designer Handbags & Fashion + 45 8818 1174

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"Going once, going twice. Sold to the lady in the front row”. For 75 years, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers has sold art, antiques, design, jewellery, wristwatches and collector’s items in the heart of Copenhagen. It was Arne Bruun Rasmussen who founded the auction house at Bredgade 33 in 1948, and until 2022 the Bruun Rasmussen family owned the company. Today, the company is owned by the British auction house Bonhams - one of the world's leading and oldest auction houses.

Being a part of Bonhams, means that Bruun Rasmussen has joined a global network, which benefits both the art and the customers, the latter has gained access to far more auctions and the former has a better chance of achieving the market's best hammer prices. The goal is to constantly confirm to our customers that Bruun Rasmussen is a sought-after auction house with the highest expertise in valuation and sales. Bonhams and Bruun Rasmussen share the core values of knowledge, credibility, commitment and renewal, and the old Copenhagen auction house will thus continue to base its business on its well-known values under the auspices of Bonhams.

With CEO Jakob Dupont at the helm, an extensive digitization process has taken place during the past years, making the auction house a significant player on the international market. With solid experience and in-depth knowledge complemented by highly professional advice and appraisal service, the company is the link between sellers and interested buyers from all over the world. Every year, 70,000 unique works of art are sold at three types of auctions – the traditional Live Auctions and the two web-based auctions Online Auction and Direct Auction.

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