A self-portrait by expressionist artist Max Beckmann smashed the file worth for a portray offered at public sale in Germany when it was put earlier than consumers in Berlin on Thursday.
Because the hammer got here down, the best bid for Beckmann’s “Selbstbildnis gelb-rosa” (Self-Portrait Yellow-Pink), painted through the second world struggle in 1943 stood at 20 million euros. Nonetheless, with extra prices, the ultimate complete for the customer will come to round 23.3 million euros.
The portray reveals Beckmann as a younger man with an enigmatic smile.
Beckmann painted the work whereas in exile in Amsterdam. When the Nazis got here to energy, he was among the many artists whose work was categorised as “degenerate artwork” and had lots of his work seized from German museums.
He gifted the portray to his spouse, Mathilde Kaulbach, who stored it till her loss of life in 1986.