German Sales 1901-1945

Resource Type: 
Art Sales & Provenance

Under the title "German Sales", about 9,110 historical auction catalogues from 1901 to 1945, mainly published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, are currently being made available online and in open access. The project included around 390 auction houses. The auction catalogues are the basis for research on the art market of the first half of the 20th century, on questions of collecting and taste formation as well as on individual artists and art genres. In addition, they are an indispensable source for provenance research. The auction catalogues, which are today scattered in many art and museum libraries, were previously difficult to access. To date, copies from more than 50 libraries and museums have been digitally merged. Centrally offered detailed search options including full text search now simplify and optimize access to the material. The auction catalogues, which were determined for the years 1930 to 1945 and for the years 1901 to 1929, are published in a bibliography and accessible through various registers. Responsible for the offer are the Heidelberg University Library and the Art Library of the National Museums in Berlin.