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Silver turtledoves Ceausescu received from Iranian Shah, on auction

One of the collection objects which belonged to the Ceau­ses­cu family included in Artmark’s January 26 auction is a pair of silver-plated enamel turtledoves offered to Ceausescu by the last Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, during his state visit to Bucharest in 1977. The highlight of the auction is the painting “Scanteia” (The Spark) by Constantin Artachino (oil on canvas, 60×45 cm, starting price: EUR 3,800), dating from 1951, which depicts a working-class woman reading the pa­per. A Pilot Elite fountain pen that Nicolae Ceausescu was presented with on his 1975 official visit to Japan is another object to be put on auction, at the starting price of EUR 2,000. The starting prices for nearly one third of the items on auction range between EUR 25 and 100, while starting prices for another third range between EUR 100 and 300.

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