A set of drawings by the renowned German Expressionist painter Karl Hofer went under the hammer at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The works attracted international and gallery interest as well as from private collectors, with bidders following the action at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, online in Germany and Austria.

Auctioneer Dr Peter Rixon, who oversaw the sale, said: “The vendor’s late husband was a direct descendant of Karl Hofer. These lots are fresh to the market and have not been seen outside the family.”

Original pencil sketches, charcoal drawings as well as a couple of prints were all included in the sale. Most were undated, though Hofer’s second wife, Elisabeth, had signed some of the pieces. The collection was bought for a pleasing £16,700.

Hofer was denounced by the Nazis for his “degenerate art” and no fewer than eight of his works were included in a Nazi propaganda exhibition in Munich in 1937.

However by the end of his life in 1955 he was considered one of the greatest German artists of his time. Now his work can be found all over the world including at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany.

The Taunton auction underlined the auctioneers’ expertise in bringing Expressionist work to market. Previously Dr Rixon oversaw a sell out sale of paintings by Czech Expressionist Ernest Neuschul.

Again these paintings had come from descendants of the artist and sparked international interest. A Czech art gallery and museum sent a representative to the saleroom for the auction. Online would-be buyers from the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and the US followed proceedings.

Preparations are underway for two sales next month – the regular antiques sale on Thursday, March 5, and the quarterly collectors’ sale on Friday, March 6. The auction on April 2 will be followed by the Spring Sporting Sale, which will start at the conclusion of the monthly auction. For more information please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.