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February 1, 2023

Artmark six auction session gets a head start

Artmark Auction House is holding a string of six auction sessions that opens with one dedicated to postmodern and contemporary art.

This evening’s session at Athenee Palace Hilton includes “Breaking Dance II”, a painting by Marius Bercea, an established artist belonging to the Cluj School. The work, which depicts a boxing match, is estimated to fetch 7,000 to 12,000 euro.Works will also be put up for sale signed by established artists including Ion Tuculescu – “Midnight Sun “, 25.000-45.000 euro and Paul Neagu – “Edgerunner”, 16.000-22.000 euro. The second part of the evening is dedicated to garden sculptures and furniture, with Ion Mandrescu’s sculpture “The Wheel of Time” estimated to score the highest price – 25,000-35,000 euro.The second evening of the Artmark session, also at Athenee Palace Hilton, is dedicated to Romanian Art Nouveau, Romanticism and Biedermeier masters, of whom Stefan Luchian – “Spring” (“Two Muses”), 100,000-200,000 euro; Nicolae Grigorescu – “Spring in Bretagne “, 40,000-80,000 euro and Theodor Aman – “Venice”, 14,000-24,000 euro.The Militaria and Antiquity Auction, to follow the Art Nouveau and Romanticism Auction, will bring into spotlight medieval weaponry and equipment from early 17th century, among which a rarissime German suit of armor from early 17th century, starting price – 5,000 de euro, and a Japanese samurai sword encrusted with precious metals, opening price – 2,000 euro.

The European Painting and Sculpture Masterpiece Auction, a first for  Artmark, April 18, JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, is focused on the classical art collection of Romanian diplomat Vasile Stoica, which became part in 1977 of the National Museum of Art of Romania collections.After the fall of the communist regime and a succession of court trials, the collection was returned to the diplomat’s descendants in 2009. It includes 12 art masterpieces – four graphic works and eight paintings – by such outstanding world artists as Gustave Courbet, Albrecht Durer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Giovanni Battista Tiepoli. The starting price for this collection is 169,000 euro. The auction also includes a number of Flemish paintings.The Curiosities Showcase Auction, the same evening, will draw the curtain on the Artmark Auction Session. The collection includes interwar advertisements, Ceausescu time memorabilia and propaganda objects, photographs showing political figures, vintage photo camera, old maps and masonic swords. Among the items up for auction, a leopard fur, a gift to Nicolae Ceausescu from an African leader in the ‘70s (starting price 900 euro) and a photograph of Ion C. Bratianu’s family, from 1890.

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