The hammer-price for the Kafka Manuscript received at 150,000 EUR an American private collector. After this learned that he had “outpaced” the German Literature Archive Marbach as direct sub-bidder with his bid on the phone last, he decided the night after the auction to give priority to this institution. In addition, he promotes this takeover by financial compensation of the last bidding step: “The seller should not be the victim of my decision,” wrote the German-born collector.
Ulrich von Bülow, Head of the Marbach Archive, is delighted with this noble gesture. Something like that we have not experienced in many years, he said.
All hammer-prices of Auction 17, unsold items are available until June 14.