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Old masters up for auction at Dorotheum

Vienna’s Dorotheum, one of the world’s oldest auction houses, is holding an auction week of old master and 19th century paintings.

Old masters up for auction at Dorotheum
Frans Verbeeck (1510 - 1570) The Mocking of Human Follies

A highlight will be Frans Verbeeck’s surreal large format painting The Mocking of Human Follies, which will be auctioned on October 21st, with an estimated price of €900,000 to €1,200,000. The work has been interpreted as a satirical take on human folly.

A panel depicting a busy fish market by Jan Brueghel I (€200,000 – 300,000) and a pastoral wedding dance by Pieter Brueghel II (€200,000 – 300,000) are also up for auction.

On October 23rd an auction of 19th century paintings features some 250 works, by Austrian as well as international artists.

Olga Wisinger-Florian’s oil painting of an atmospheric autumn landscape heads the roster of Austrian artists. Valued at €80,000 to €120,000, it comes from a German private collection.

Also on offer will be paintings by Emil Jakob Schindler (From Haslau by the Danube, €50,000 – 70,000) as well as Friedrich Gauermann, whose Ploughing and Harrowing in the Salzburg Region offers views of the surrounding mountain landscape and the gathering clouds (€60,000 – 80,000).

Working in Vienna, the Hungarian born Jewish painter Isidor Kaufmann documents Jewish life in Eastern Europe. The auction offers a portrait of a young Chassidic student wearing a characteristic fur hat, standing in front of a decorative Torah curtain. Kaufmann created several versions of this painting (€200,000 – 300,000).

The paintings can be viewed at the Dorotheum from October 11th.

Olga Wisinger-Florian (1844 – 1926) Falling Leaves

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Elvis’ last Cadillac up for sale in Austria

Elvis Presley loved Cadillacs, compulsively collecting hundreds of them during his lifetime, and what is believed to be the last Cadillac he drove before his death in 1977 is going under the hammer in Austria later this month, the auctioneers said on Friday.

Elvis' last Cadillac up for sale in Austria
A cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley sits in front of Graceland Mansion in 2007 to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. Photo: JOE RAEDLE / Getty Images North America / AFP
The asking price for the King of Rock's beige-coloured 1972 Cadillac de Ville Estate — which is being auctioned in Salzburg on October 20 — is 100,000-200,000 euros ($115,500-$230,500), Vienna's Dorotheum auction house said.   
 
With around 112,000 kilometres on the clock, the car was the one Elvis used for his final road trip in December 1976, when he drove 1,500 miles from Las Vegas back to his home in Graceland, the Dorotheum said. The singer died just eight months later. 
 
Originally built as a Deville sedan, it was converted to an estate car by the American Sunroof Company in 1972 and is only the second of its kind ever built.
 
Equipped with air conditioning, leather upholstery and a radio with eight-track tape, it also has a number of gold-plated fittings, including the wheel spokes. 
 
Elvis originally intended the car as a gift to his manager, Colonel Parker. But he borrowed back himself so frequently that Parker gave it back to him, the auction house said. 
 
The car was repeatedly put up for auction in the 1990s and 2000s, last finding a buyer for just over $75,000.