76th Auction at Klittich-Pfankuch auction house on 22nd June 2019
On the eve of the Saturday auction Adelheid Klittich-Pfankuch and our board member Dr. Karl Klittich invited the CH&LS members and guests to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the antiquarian bookshop Karl Pfankuch, founded in 1919.
Karl explained in a short speech the relation between the Klittich-Pfankuch auction house and the still existing Karl Pfankuch & Co, nowadays a renowned stamp & coin dealer.
Also Karl summarized, how our late friend Roger Klittich, a lawyer by training, had started the auction business. Just be chance, as a great number of confiscated Russian Icons had to be auctioneered for the Brunswick authorities.
Interesting also the chess business was introduced in the Klittich-Pfankuch antiquarian bookshop more or less by chance. It started in the 23rd auction in 12th June 1993 - more than a quarter of a century ago.
If you will browse through that catalogue and you compare with the 76th auction the next day, it is amazing, how the collecting scenary has changed.
- An article by Michael Dombrowsky at chessbase.de (in German language)