Siegfried Kramarsky

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Siegfried Kramarsky
Born(1893-04-14)April 14, 1893
DiedDecember 25, 1961(1961-12-25) (aged 68)
NationalityGerman American
Violet Popper (m. 1921)
ChildrenSonja Kramarsky Binkhorst
Werner H. Kramarsky
Bernard Kramarsky

Siegfried Kramarsky (April 14, 1893 – December 25, 1961) was a German American banker, philanthropist, and art collector of Jewish descent.[1] He was the head of the Amsterdam branch of the German banking firm Lisser & Rosenkrantz from 1923 until 1938. In light of the rise of Nazism in neighboring Germany, Kramarsky emigrated to Canada, and later New York City.[2][3]

While in Amsterdam, Kramarsky compiled a large art collection that included several paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Shortly before the German invasion of Netherlands, he bought Daubigny's Garden and the Portrait of Dr. Gachet from Franz Koenigs. In 1990, the latter was sold by Kramarsky's heirs to Ryoei Saito for $82.5 million, making it one of the most expensive paintings in the world.[4]


  1. ^ "Bio" (PDF). External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Siegfried Kramarshy Dies at 68; Helped Jews to Flee Germany; Ex-Banker Left Country in '23, Then Helped Others". New York Times. December 26, 1961.
  3. ^ "Prominent Zionist Dies in Manhattan". The Troy Record. December 26, 1961. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2016 – via open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "A van Gogh Now at Met Is to be Auctioned". New York Times. January 24, 1990.