Offbeat "Bares for Rares": Cow painting was a gift - when it comes to expertise, it turns out to be a Dutch masterpiece
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Five cows in the pasture: This painting is to be sold at "Bares for Rares". With the expertise it turns out that the painter was a Dutch master - and achieved a proud price on the art market.
"I like it," says moderator Horst Lichter about the painting that Paul Bremer and Michael Geuther would like to sell at "". "My mother-in-law got that from her late employer. She was the housekeeper there," says Geuther about the origin of the picture. The motif shows five cows in the pasture. Doesn't sound impressive - but the painting is a real masterpiece.
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"It's a fantastic picture because it brings us closer to country life," says expert Colmar Schulte-Goltz. Although it is only a "view of five cattle", the oil painting is superbly made. The painter was Johannes Hubertus Leonardus de Haas, a Dutchman who was famous throughout Europe for his animal representations at the end of the 19th century. "A master of his trade." His pictures were bestsellers.
Although the two sellers do not know the value of the painting, they have a asking price. "We have no idea, but 1000 euros would be nice," says Geuther. But Schulte-Goltz's expertise lies far above that. "The picture is easy to sell," says the expert. It must be cleaned, but otherwise shows no damage. "That's why I love here at 2700 to 3100 euros." A sensational price for the "beef cattle".
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"Cash for Rares" dealers starts at 200 euros per cow
The dealers also like the picture. "Theare super painted. It's really fun to look at," says Julian Schmitz-Avila. The first commandment is David Soup. "I give them 200 euros per cow," he says - 1000 euros. But Schmitz-Avila also wants the painting. There is a bidding war. At 2,000 euros, Suppes says: "This is my last offer." His competitor outbids him with 2100 euros, but the sellers play poker. Finally, the masterpiece goes to Schmitz-Avila for 2250 euros.
The sellers are happy about the "cow trade". The negotiations were tough at the beginning. "The expertise was not quite achieved, but we are still satisfied." C
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