RESULTS: Masterpieces of Early Tibetan Painting from the Collection of Heidi and Helmut Neumann

New York

Masterpieces of Early Tibetan Painting

from the Collection of Heidi and Helmut Neumann

 New York, 19 March 2013, Sale #2804

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


4 lots sold

Total: $2,955,000/£1,950,300/€2,304,900

   50% sold by lot

8 lots offered

£0.66= $1 / € 0.78=$1

70% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



An exceptionally rare and important painting of Buddha with the one hundred Jataka tales, Tibet, 13th/14th century





European Private


An early and exceptional painting of Akshobya,

Tibet, 13th century





Asian Private


An important and early painting of Amitabha,

Tibet, 12th/13th century





Asian Private


An early and very fine painting of Amoghasiddhi,

Tibet, 13th century





Asian Private



Hugo Weihe, International Director, International Specialist, Head of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, commented: “The Neumann Collection was led by an exceptionally important painting of Buddha, which realized over $1.2 million, a reward for its rarity and significance among early Tibetan paintings.  The sale of Indian and Southeast Asian Art achieved $17,419,375, the highest total ever achieved for a various owner sale in the category and two new world auction records were set, those for a Chola bronze and Pallava bronze.”  Sandhya Jain-Patel, Specialist Head of Sale, Indian and Southeast Asian Art, New York, said: “The top ten lots represent not only a wide range of collecting categories, but also the diversity of buyers, including private clients from the U.S., Europe, and Asia, as well as institutions.  The sale confirmed that Indian court paintings continue to remain strong, while there was also a resurgence of interest in South Indian bronzes and a new passion was exhibited for Himalayan bronzes.” 


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