Mr Hassfurther began his professional career as an antiques dealer, mostly concerned with books and manuscripts. As a high point of his career auctioning books and manuscripts, Mr H held an auction of 3,567 lots covering all collector fields in 1976, complete with some works of art.
As well as the countless other manuscripts sold to various national and international institutions, Mr H also achieved 726,728 in todays currency for a third of Karl Kraus manuscripts collection. Hassfurther has sold many letters and manuscripts from classics of Viennese music: Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Johann Strauss. Of special note are drafts by Bruckner on the andante of the 7th Symphony, a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach and, for instance, elegant inscriptions by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, as well as countless Mahler letters from his time as director of the Vienna Opera.
The gallerist and auctioneer Wolfdietrich Hassfurther has been an institution in the Viennese gallery scene for more than 40 years, and his famous gallery in the heart of Vienna allows him to move with the highest league of gallery owners and auction houses. Wolfdietrich Hassfurther began as an antiques and manuscripts dealer. As the European market was bought up by American buyers, Mr H discovered the wonderful world of fine art, and set up his own gallery. Since then, he has become a specialist in paintings, master drawings, sculptures, miniatures, watercolours and printed graphics. Even today, Mr H is inspired by the love of art and the beauty of life. The gallery owner has proven his persistence, directness and fighting spirit over the years, and built up a global network of collectors and institutions.
His many regular customers appreciate his honesty, knowledge and talent for finding special masterpieces; his best-known and most loyal customer was the collector Rudolf Leopold, who regularly made purchases in the gallery and at auctions from 1973. Hassfurthers free consultations and art evaluations are especially appreciated by his clients.
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