History in Images

A History of Reiss & Sohn as Seen by the Press and in Letters from Our Customers

1971

The first office in Mainz – Kirschgarten 19

1971

Invitation to first Auction Sale of the Company

1971

The first record result – The ‘Landnamabók’ achieves DM 19,000

1972

A bidding battle at Reiss inspired the caricaturist

1972

Auction Sale no. 4 – ‘One of the most turbulent sales of the post-war period’

1975

Reiss moved to Glashütten and cooperates with Detlev Auvermann

1976

‘Godebert M. Reiss takes a trick’

1988

‘Book and business in Glashütten’

1988

A well-rehearsed team since Auction Sale no. 1

1989

Auction Sale 40 – The international breakthrough

1989

Advertisement for Reiss’ catalogues in Japan

1990

Now in Königstein: ‘One of the leading auction houses in Germany’

1991

Karl Marx is still highly valued at Reiss auctions

1992

‘Brother Diego’s bedside reading’: Copernicus’ ‘De revolutionibus’

1993

One of the most successful sales in the company history: The Schönborn-Buchheim library

1993

The Schönborn-library, auctioned off 1993-1994, realized a total of 5 million DM

1994

The most expensive print work ever sold at auction in Germany: A baroque French collective atlas

1994

‘A splendid bibliographical catalogue of great lasting value’

1993

‘The object of desires appears only for seconds’

1994

Maria Sibylla Merian’s ‘Insects of Surinam’ achieved DM 90,000

1994

An overexerted catalogue reader: ‘Please send it to the Holy Father, who is able to read all this and always gives advice’

1999

The Princely Fürstenberg Library is on sale

2001

The Reiss staff during an auction

2002

The collection of the late industrialist and Bosch CEO Hans L. Merkle at auction

2003

A map of Cyprus realized € 88,000

2005

‘He who comes too late is punished by the hammer’

2005

The Royal Garden Library formerly at Herrenhausen Castle is offered for sale

2005

An advertent customer discovered a hitherto unknown ‘branch office’ of Reiss & Sohn in Lisbo

2006

Since 1999 Reiss also holds auctions of Old and Modern Art

2007

The Royal Garden Library finally returns to Hannover

2005

‘No trace of financial crisis at Reiss & Sohn’

2006

‘Captain Cook achieved record result’: € 110,000

2007

Mysterious letter from a ‘Tibetan monk’