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The Vok Collection – Second Sale on 12th March 2016

11/20/2017

(Lot numbers 89 – 176)

The Collection had been divided into three equivalent sections for auction. Deviating from the collector’s own four themed publications, our compilation has resulted in a new presentation rich in contrast which shows the collection in an entirely new light. Developed specially for the three Vok auctions, our catalogue format was very well received and seen to be an adequate representation of this peerless collection. Whereas the first catalogue opened with an homage to the collector as a person, the second catalogue contained an instructive article by Christian Erber on the technical aspects of suzanis.

The sensational success of the first Vok Sale in April 2015 caused a stir in the rug world and became a major topic for discussion. Consequently, the sale of the second part of the collection was anticipated with impatience. Would it be possible to maintain the high price level, and would nearly all the pieces again find homes with new owners? Seeing that many bidders had left the first sale empty-handed, we expected the high level of interest to continue. Our expectations turned out to be correct. The day of the auction drew another large crowd; once more the mood was almost euphoric; and again virtually every piece attracted telephone bids from all over the world. A remarkable fact this time was the lively involvement of private collectors and dealers from Turkey who showed great appreciation for the value of rare kilims and purchased many items. On the other hand, the largest suzani buyer of the first Vok Sale, the museum of Doha, Qatar, was absent; a change in the country’s leadership had brought about a drastic shift in cultural policy, stopping all acquisitions for the time being. Participation from other museums partially compensated for this, such as the museum in Houston, Texas, which was able to secure the fantastic Shakhrisyabz suzani offered as lot 138 for a hammer price of € 38,000. Lot 160, a colourful Luri kilim with an abstract geometric design, went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for a hammer price of € 20,000. And several precious suzanis went to the newly established “Suzani Museum and Research Center” in New York City.

The results of the second Vok Sale were very positive. The catalogue offered 87 lots of which 82 lots were sold – a 94% success rate; the hammer prices amounted to a total sum of € 1,145,000 (plus buyer’s premium of 22% = € 1,396,900). The following list shows a number of exceptional hammer prices in the two main categories:

Suzani silk embroideries:
Lot 96 – € 22,000
Lot 100 – € 20,000
Lot 102 – € 44,000
Lot 111 – € 27,000
Lot 115 – € 28,000
Lot 134 – € 57,000
Lot 138 – € 38,000
Lot 151 – € 32,000
Lot 152 – € 40,000
Lot 158 – € 30,000
Lot 159 – € 60,000
Lot 166 – € 22,000
Lot 167 – € 50,000

Kilims and other flatweaves:
Lot 91 – € 12,000
Lot 93 – € 15,000
Lot 104 – € 13,000
Lot 107 – € 9,500
Lot 118 – € 10,000
Lot 119 – € 26,000
Lot 123 – € 9,000
Lot 125 – € 31,000
Lot 127 – € 18,000
Lot 128 – € 32,000
Lot 129 – € 9,500
Lot 133 – € 22,000
Lot 140 – € 13,000
Lot 144 – € 25,000
Lot 153 – € 15,000
Lot 160 – € 20,000
Lot 162 – € 15,000
Lot 168 – € 14,000
Lot 169 – € 32,000
Lot 174 – € 17,000

The third and last part of the Vok Collection will be sold in the spring of 2017.

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