Fritz Rudolf Künker, D-Osnabrück

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25-09-2015 – 01-01-1970

Auction 265

Phaleristic Auction of Künker featuring Excellent Results

Six auctions conducted over the course of six days is remarkable in itself, but a turnover of 13.8 million euros achieved over the course of only six days truly marks a new record. With the final result Auction House Künker happily records the highest-grossing auction week in the history of the company.
Auction 265: Orders and Decorations from Overseas
In its 12 phaleristic auction, Künker offered 900 lots, which obtained a total hammer price of 630,000 euros.

Lot 189: ORDERS / PRE-1871 GERMANY. Duchy of Wuerttemberg: Military Order of St. Charles of Wuerttemberg, Grand Cross Badge (Commander). Issue from 1759, gold and enamel. Extremely rare. II-II. Estimate: 20,000,- euros. Hammer price: 28,000,- euros.

Thematically, the focus was placed on the German Empire. The most spectacular item of this session was the only Grand Cross Badge of the Military Order of St. Charles of Wuerttemberg in gold and enamel known to exist. Bidding started at a pre-sale estimate of 20,000 euros, but the final hammer price constituted 28,000 euros. In the department of civil and military decorations of the Kingdom of Prussia, the most expensive object was a Grand Cross set of the Order of the Red Eagle (estimate: 7,500 euros / hammer price: 13,000 euros). An Iron Cross, which was awarded posthumously to Erhard Kleindienst, Reserve Lieutenant, on December 18th, 1944, attained a surprising 13,000 euros. Most certainly this amazing result constituted itself due to its perfect state of preservation and  Künker having offered it in its original case with the original outer packaging (estimate: 3,000 euros).

Lot 595: ORDERS / PORTUGAL. Military Order of Christ. 3rd model (since 1918), Grand Officer Breast Star of the Order in brilliants, gold, enamel, and simili stones. Extremely rare. II. Estimate: 20,000,- euros. Hammer price: 26,000,- euros.

Of course, the session of orders and decorations from all around the world witnessed some remarkable results as well. Here, we would like to highlight the Breast Star of the Military Order of Christ from Portugal, which includes nearly 25ct diamonds (estimate: 20,000 euros / hammer price: 26,000 euros) … 

Lot 620: ORDERS / RUSSIAN EMPIRE. Order of St. Stanislaus. 2nd Class Cross with Crown. Very rare. I-II. Estimate: 7,500 euros. Hammer price: 16,000,- euros.

… and the 2nd Class Cross of the Russian Order of St. Stanislaus (estimate: 7,500 euros / hammer price: 16,000 euros).

Please find all results online here.

Künker, in collaboration with London Coin Galleries, will conduct the next auction on October 30, 2015, at the Millennium Hotel in London. The numismatic material offered for sale comprises an incredible assemblage of löser and mining coins from the Preussag Collection. The catalog may be ordered at Künker, Nobbenburger Strasse 4a, D-49076 Osnabrück; phone + 49 541 96202 0; telefax: + 49 541 96202 22; or by writing an email.

A preview on this auction you may read here in CoinsWeekly.