Sec­tions of the Berlin Wall set to go un­der the ham­mer

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Sec­tions of the in­fa­mous Berlin Wall are to come un­der the ham­mer at Sum­mers Place Auc­tions on Tues­day, March 12.

2019 will see the 30th an­niver­sary of the fall of the Wall and the end of the Cold War as we knew it then and it ul­ti­mately led to the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many and the end of Com­mu­nism in most of East­ern Europe.

The wall was built in sec­tions, each 3.6 me­tres tall and 1.2 me­tres wide. The auc­tion will in­clude six com­plete sec­tions of the Wall to be sold in two lots.

Ger­man artist and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist Ben Wa­gin painted his pow­er­ful mes­sages over these sec­tions of the Wall in 1990 af­ter ini­tial vis­i­tors had chipped off the orig­i­nal graf­fiti - cre­at­ing a uniquely tex­tured sur­face.

The ef­fect is as dra­matic as it is pow­er­ful. These sec­tions were part of the me­mo­rial to the 258 peo­ple killed at the Wall try­ing to es­cape to free­dom, called the Par­lia­ment of Trees, in the mid­dle of Berlin op­po­site the Re­ich­stag.

These parts of the orig­i­nal me­mo­rial had to be re­moved to make room for ad­di­tional con­struc­tions.

James Ry­lands says: “This is such a his­toric of­fer­ing. These parts of the wall were safely pre­served since 1990, and the two com­plete wall sec­tions are now avail­able for sale and would look great in a pub­lic gar­den or mu­seum as well as in a pri­vate home. It is a great ar­chi­tec­tural and artis­tic state­ment, but also a sym­bol of the tri­umph of free­dom over tyranny.”

This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to buy a full-sized part of the wall and there are only 16 known ones in pub­lic places out­side Berlin. The big­ger sec­tion of the wall is cov­ered with a quote by the Ger­man Pres­i­dent at the time, Richard von Weizsäcker, who said: “To unite means to learn to share.” The re­verse shows graf­fiti ‘Berlin Novem­ber 1989’. It is es­ti­mated at £10,000-15,000, while the smaller sec­tion ‘Earth re­turns to Earth’ car­ries an es­ti­mate £4,000-6,000. Visit www .sum­mer­splaceauc­

The ‘Par­lia­mant of Trees’

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