Sale of Karsten Klingbeil Collection in Munich

Munich, 23 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Karsten Klingbeil Collection is to be auctioned in Brussels and Munich

Karsten Klingbeil was born in Stettin in 1925 and moved to Berlin in 1936. He had always wanted to become a sculptor and finally achieved his dream after selling his construction company in Berlin at the age of 60. He soon started to assemble collections of works and curious objects and, he and his wife, became involved in charities.

Karsten Klingbeil chose to display his pieces in an ambitious private museum with the appropriate scenography. With this collection, he aimed to document the evolution of weapons and armour from the fifth to seventeenth century.

Nevertheless, the collector has finally decided to sell his collection and has chosen two specialised auction houses to organise the sale. The first sale will take place in December 2011 at Pierre Bergé & associés in Brussels. The second auction will occur in June 2012 at Hermann Historica oHG in Munich. More than 600 significant objects will be put up for sale. The items that Klingbeil has been collecting for fifty years include forty sets of armour from various different centuries, as well as 120 helmets, swords, daggers and shields from the seventh century. The event will be the most important sale of ancient weapons and armour since the Château de Hever sale at Sotheby’s London in 1983.