Auctions have proven to be the ideal method of finding a balance between the competing interests of seller and buyer, an immediate reconciliation of supply and demand. Where otherwise long negotiation is required, there is just an instant between opening price and the hammer falling. In ancient Rome, more than 2,000 years ago, people already knew the importance of the auction as a way to quickly generate money and find good market values for goods. The auction hasn’t changed much since then either. It is however at art auctions that trust and confidence is of the utmost importance, because alongside material considerations, here passion, the love of a particular artwork, and the prestige it confers, also play a role, and often emotions decide the price reached.
To ensure successful sales, an auction house must therefore not only have experts with a breadth of knowledge, but also ones who have a relationship with collectors, art lovers, museum curators and gallerists. These relationships are built on trust, on years of positive experiences while working together. People who are interested in art pieces, whether they live in Rome, London, Paris, or New York, have to be able to rely on the descriptions being accurate, the valuations serious, the information about the condition being true and fair.
The im Kinsky experts have been involved in the art market for decades. They have a huge store of knowledge and a wealth of experience. They are specialists in their fields, irrespective of whether this is Old Master Paintings, 19th-Century Paintings, Art Nouveau and Design, Impressionist and Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Antiquities, glass, porcelain, furniture, clocks and watches, carpets, jewellery, silver, Judaica, or sculpture, they are almost without exception all working as expert witnesses.