Auction record for Floris Verster

Once € 40,000 was paid for a painting by Floris Verster. Now this result is in the past. At a recent NRC auction of 11 June the bidding ended at € 72,500 (incl. costs, hammer price € 57,000), and this time for a wax crayon drawing with a starting bid of € 10,000. Het Warmonderhek, […]

Featured in The New York Times: Books by Barack Obama sr.

AMSTERDAM — In the late 1950s, a young Kenyan man named Barack Hussein Obama wrote a series of books in his native language, Luo, for a program to promote adult literacy in Africa. The coordinator of that program, Elizabeth Mooney, singled him out as particularly talented, and helped him apply to an international study program […]

First NRC auction of books and prints

The sale of books, maps & manuscripts, selected from more than 2000 consignments by readers of the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, was a great success. Bidding for some of the lots resulted in a fierce battle. For example, a score of 10-year-old Mozart went 60 times higher than the starting bid, from € 100 to € 6.000 […]

Emo Verkerk sells for record price at NRC auction

A portrait of Gerard Reve by Emo Verkerk was sold for almost € 18.500 (incl. auction costs and droit de suite) at the 6th NRC auction in December 2016 – setting the record price for the artist. The portrait was a gift to the previous owner from Joop Schafthuizen. It’s widely known that Gerard Reve was responsible for the liberation of many […]

Hugo Claus’ mythical Love Song

“Taller than a man”: there is one work in the immense legacy of Hugo Claus that even the most passionate collector will never capture: Love Song. This mythic book was planned to be the largest book on earth but was never published, although a life-size dummy was presented in New York and Amsterdam and it […]