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Next Auction – Tuesday 27th February to Friday 1st March from 10am.

Viewing Monday 26th February & on the day of the sale from 9am.


Known as the ‘Turkish Da Vinci’, Ilhan Koman (1921-1986) was an important figure in the history of Turkish modern and contemporary art. Recognised for his experimental approach to sculpting, he worked with many materials including stone, metal, clay and wood. Graduating from the Istanbul Fine Arts Academy he became the understudy to famous sculptor Rudolf Belling, the first German artist to produce abstract sculptures. Whilst working in Turkey, France and finally Sweden, his collection and exhibitions became more popular, with his most notable sculpture being the impressive ‘Mediterranean Sculpture’ in Istanbul.

Hannam’s Auctioneers were fortunate to sell one of his works of art, with the item being given to the vendor personally by Koman himself. To no surprise as soon as the item was listed online across their three sites, interest in the unusual sculpture immediately began. With telephone bids along with online bids, the work of art sold for £6,000.

With 2,191 items consigned for the August three day auction the variety of antiques available for the public were vast. From Oriental works of art to European porcelain, from paintings to silver and from their no reserve general wares to furniture. Whether it’s a stunning large 19th century Japanese Meiji period shibayama carved ivory scholars screen selling for £10,000, or a mahogany drop down dining table selling for just £1, there are items for everybody.

Hannam’s invite the public to their saleroom in Selborne throughout the week and they also offer free valuations every Monday from 10am till 2pm. Their next Fine Art auction will be on 4th, 5th & 6th October, with viewing starting on Monday 2nd October from 10am. For additional information please call the office on 01420 511788 or email sales@hannamsauctioneers.com.

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