Self portrait by Max Beckmann to go under the hammer in Berlin

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“Selbstbildnis mit Horn” (Selbstbildnis mit Trompete / rotgestreift), 1938. Credit line: - / akg-images / Profimedia

A self portrait by famed German painter Max Beckmann is going under the hammer in Berlin in December, the auction house said on Friday.

Beckmann’s “Self Portrait in Yellow and Pink,” which was created in 1943, will be presented in New York on November 5 to 10 and in Berlin on November 23 to 30. It will then be sold on December 1 at the Grisebach auction house in Berlin. 

The work is currently part of a Swiss private collection and is one of the few Beckmann self portraits that is still in private hands. 

“Self Portrait with Trumpet” was auctioned in 2001 for the equivalent of a €23 million, while “Self Portrait with Glass Ball” was sold four years later for more than €17 million in New York.

Beckmann painted “Self Portrait in Yellow and Pink” while in exile in Amsterdam, where he was forced to flee after the Nazis took power in Germany. ©dpa

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