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The top auction lots to bid for this month

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Düsenjäger by Gerhard Richter

Image courtesy of Phillips

If you're an avid collector of 20th Century art then March is a stellar month for rare and unusual investment pieces. Featuring works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly, Phillips' 20th Century and Contemporary Art sale offers one of the richest catalogues. The undeniable highlight, however, is Gerhard Richter's Düsenjäger. Painted in 1963 as one of the earliest pieces to come out of the German Pop art movement, this mammoth work stretches two metres in width and has been exhibited all over the world at institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Düsenjäger is particularly notable for its simultaneous use of photorealism and abstraction and, while Richter often downplayed the importance of his subject matter, the depiction of an Allied war bomber has variously been ascribed as a reference to the planes that destroyed Richter's childhood home in Dresden, a pointed comment on the tensions of the Cold War which were swirling at the time and a warning against the dangers of idealism.

_Düsenjäger by Gerhard Richter


Phillips: 20th Century and Contemporary Art, March 7, London_

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