The house Klittich-Pfankuch started their auctions in 1977 with the public sale of the artistic inheritance of the Braunschweig painter F.A. Sander.

Then, in 1978, that obscure order came in to auction off Russian icons for the financial administration of the city of Braunschweig, Roger Klittich gladly talked about that with superb irony.

Anyway it was the numerous anecdotes about the events in German and international auction halls that made the afternoons and evenings at Klittich-Pfankuch so entertaining.

And unbelievable but true:

Never was a story told twice, no punch line seemed hackneyed, our friend Roger Klittich was a real rogue.

The icon auction required the public appointment to a sworn auctioneer by the city of Braunschweig. Naturally that was a "competitive edge" which the prudent "Badener" knew to make use of.

So the lasting success of the auctions required to rent an auction hall as from 1987. The first auctions still took place at the hotel Deutsches Haus, afterwards on Bankplatz 8. My first acquaintance (and amazement) ensued in November 1999 on the occasion of the 36th auction, that year the move to Theaterwall 17 had just happened.

 

Theaterwall 17 in Braunschweig



Chess auction in July 2013,
on the left Mrs. Gottschalk (independent protocoll).

 

Guy Van Habberney and Roger Klittich (July 2013)



Former and current KWA board members (July 2013)

 

Certainly  one of the major successes of Roger Klittich was to have organized a first book-signing with the duchess Victoria Luise in the rooms of the former bookshop in 1965. According to the publisher’s statistics he managed to sell about 10000 copies of the works of the last German emperor’s daughter.

But for us, the collectors of chess books, Roger Klittich’s decision to cultivate - from the 23rd auction in 1993 forth - the "marginal region chess" with the meticulousness and dedication of an antiquarian, was a real blessing.

 



Roger Klittich at the SELENUS exhibit 
(Exhibition in Braunschweig National Museum, November 2008)

 

For Roger Klittich the preoccupation with books was much more than a "job", it was his passion.

Over the years he had really grown fond of chess books - later on also of chess sets - especially by the cooperation with his numerous friends from the Ken Whyld Association and subsequently the Chess Collectors International as well. We all have noticed that, and therefore he will remain unforgotten.

For Roger Klittich lives on in the catalogs, the books and the chess sets which were purchased by auction in the house Klittich-Pfankuch, partly in fierce bidding contests, but always backed and motivated by this unique humanely acting auctioneer.

Many thanks, dear Roger Klittich, for all the wonderful hours you have so generously awarded to us in your hospitable house, together with your wife Heidi and your son Karl.

We always knew to appreciate that, and therefore know the more which loss your family and your staff have abruptly suffered.

 

The Klittich couple, Weimar, November 2014

 

Michael Negele
(translation R.B.)

 

 

 

 

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