inters are the most sought-after early this year too, with Ioan Andreescu’s 130,000 euro “Women in the Park” being the highest selling painting at the Major Romanian Art Auction at the Artmark House in the Capital on Wednesday evening, Mediafax reported, quoting an Artmark press release. At EUR 75,000 “Venetian”, a small portrait by Nicolae Tonitza, was the second bestseller, and Ion Tuculescu, abstract-folkloric painting “Truth and Poetry at Mangalia”, which went under the hammer for EUR 70,000, the third best-selling painting this month. The second half of the evening, dedicated to post-modern and contemporary art, also set three record highs for painter Ion Musceleanu (“Rest”, EUR 7,000), sculptor Ion Lucian Murnu (“Orpheus”, EUR 3,250) and contemporary artist Erno Bartha (“Tennis Bed”, EUR 5,000). One of the most vied for paintings was Octav Bancila’s “Little Gypsy”, auctioned off for EUR 23,000, ten times higher than its estimated value, after no fewer than 43 successive bids. For February, Artmark is preparing a new series of events for art lovers: The March Trinket 1 Auction – Painting and sculpture (Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest, Feb. 19), march trinket 2 Auction II –Vintage Trinkets, Decorative Jewelry and Art (Artmark, Cesianu-Racovita Palace, Feb 20), and Vanguard and Expressionist Auction (Athenee Palace Hilton, Feb. 21).