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Auction "Bicycles from the Embacher Collection" on 19th May 2015

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Auction "Bicycles from the Embacher Collection" on 19th May 2015 at Dorotheum

"The Embacher Collection" is unparalleled anywhere in the world and has previously been exhibited at Portland (Oregon/USA), Tel Aviv and in Vienna. It also attracted attention through a special iPad app „Cyclepedia – Iconic Bicycle Designs“ and the books „Smart Move“ and „Cyclepedia“ (2011), self-published or published by Thames & Hudson. Among the prominent fans of Michael Embacher’s collection are fashion designer Sir Paul Smith as well as industrial designers Sir James Dyson, Richard Sapper, and Valentino Campagnolo.

From the Funiculo bicycle, constructed in 1937 by Jacques Schulz, to the Italian ‘Skoot’ suitcase bicycle, the German K√∂thke tandem of 1948, or Alex Moulton’s titanium collapsible bike ONE OFF of 1991: The range of the Embacher Collection extends from 1930s bicycles to modern day examples. All of them are ready to be used. Initial bids range from 100 to 7,000 Euro.

The passionate collector selected individual bicycles that stood out for their exceptional or special design. His collection, in Michael Embacher’s words, may have originated in an attempt: “to use a particular object to demonstrate: What is design? How far can it be reduced? And how many variations does it nevertheless generate?”

Arranged in eleven colours, the fanned catalogue reflects the auctions extraordinary quality. The bicycles are arranged as a fan of colours, reflecting the storage system the collector himself used to store his collection in an attic.


Article from DOROTHEUM myART MAGAZINE No. 5 "Passion in the attic": pdf here

Auction Date
Tuesday 19 May 2015, 5 pm
Viewing from
9 May 2015
Palais Dorotheum, Vienna 1, Dorotheergasse 17
Online-Catalogue from End of April

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