Sotheby’s Denmark—Interview Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg

The Copenhagen Office of Sotheby’s was founded in the 1980’s by the initiative of Hanne Wedell-Wedellsborg, who went to London herself, in an effort to bring the representation of the firm to Denmark. The office is now in the hands of her daughter, Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg.

The well-known and highly estimated auction house accepted Wedell-Wedellsborg’s mother’s idea, and the first Sotheby’s Office in Denmark was located in Bredgade close to galleries and other auction houses.The office was moved to Kongs Nytorv and is now situated in Vognmagergade.

“Our department in Denmark refers to the London office, of course, but they do not interfere much with the work we do in Copenhagen. We make our own budget and strategy where we plan which areas to focus on during the year, which events we would like to do and what clients we would like to target”, Wedell-Wedellsborg tells.

Expert knowledge

The main aim of Sotheby’s in Denmark is to help clients to find the best place to sell their art pieces. The office works closely with several international experts from the different locations, who can advice where to sell the art and at which price.

Before every large auction during the year, the office in Vognmagergade is visited by experts, who make their expertise available to the clients throughout the seasons. Also, according to Wedell-Wedellsborg, it is important to get a second opinion and not only consult your local auction house.

Danish contemporary art

Wedell-Wedellsborg would like to participate more actively in branding and selling Danish contemporary art, in the same way her mother, in her days, introduced the Golden Age painters in London for an international audience.

“I already send works by Tal R and Olafur Eliasson to be sold either in London or New York, but I would like to expand this role of Danish artists since the quality of their works is so good nowadays”, Wedell-Wedellborg says.

At the moment, the Danish office focuses on 19th Century Scandinavian art, international contemporary art, Cobra art, 20th century design, musical instruments, jewelry, prints and wine.

Sotheby’s Copenhagen Head of Office, Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg along with Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei.

Collectors Club

A newly established club at Sotheby’s Denmark called Collectors Club focuses on contemporary art and hosts several events in Copenhagen and in London. With these events Wedell-Wedellsborg seeks to give the clients access to an expert knowledge on the international contemporary art scene.

Wedell-Wedellborg tells us:
“We try to figure out what interest people, and try to give them the information they need. After the Damien Hirst sale in London e.g., we provided our clients with information on what was happening at the art market at that particular time”.

The Danish office also arranges events with international artists on local galleries. The office has already cooperated with the David Collection, focusing on works by Hammershøi, arranged expert talks at several Danish galleries and tours to Art Basel.