Internet Documentation on Berlin Art Auctions from 1933 until 1945
The auction files are preserved at the Berlin State Archive (www.landesarchiv-berlin.de), in the record group of the Berlin branch of the Reich’s Chamber of Fine Arts. The Berlin Head Office of the Reich’s Chamber of Fine Arts was established in 1935. Around this time, the auctioneers had to declare their planned auctions to the Reich’s Chamber of Fine Arts and the Chief of Police. These declarations contain lists about vendors and objects. There is a variety of works of art listed among the declared objects, including some pieces of higher value. Some files include correspondence regarding both auctions and also single objects. The files also contain catalogues and partial auction result lists, including the names of the purchasers and hammer prices. The documents were used to handle restitution claims at the Berlin branch and were moved from there to the Berlin State Archive in 1989. The archival holding contains 77 files, which are completely microfilmed. The files cover the period between 1935 and 1944 inclusive.