Nicolae Tonitza, the guest star of Artmark’s first 2015 auction

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Officially, the 2015 art market has kicked off in warm colors for Artmark. The first Artmark auction of this year gathered over 250 art lovers, collectors and connoisseurs, bringing almost EUR 300,000 for all three collections.

“Three collections and three collectors” auction had an average 74.32 percent adjudication rate, while Lucia and Dr. Ionescu collection was 90 percent knocked down.

Among famous artists, Nicolae Tonitza again ranked first in the collectors’ choices. “Suzana’s bath” from the Dr Ionescu collection was sold for EUR 47,500. “Child in pink” was sold for EUR 11,000 and “Nude” for EUR 8,500.

“Reading” by Theodor Pallady was sold out for EUR 36,000 and Nicolae Grigorescu got EUR 36,000 for “In front of the gate” painting and EUR 22,000 for “Carriage caravan on the valley of Oratii.” “Roses” painted by Gheorghe Petrascu was bought for EUR 10,000.

Alexandru Ciucurencu was the star of Dr Ionescu Collection, ranking first in sold works. All his five paintings put up for sale joining private collections. The total amount of the adjudications was EUR 52,000.

Regarding contemporary art, Stefan Pelmus (EUR 2,800 total adjudicated works), Ion Alin Gheorghiu (EUR 3,850 total adjudicated works) and Sorin Ilfoveanu (EUR 7,850 total adjudicated works) were highly appreciated. Ion Grigorescu, one of the most known contemporary Romanian artists in the world had a EUR 6,000 total adjudication rate.

The next Artmark event will be Martisor Auction due on February 24 and February 26. Divided into two days, the auction will offer the audience a real celebration of the spring’s kickoff through a varied range of the filigree silver trinkets worn in honour of March 1, of one of a kind jewelry. Fine wines, Belle Epoque deco art or valuable plastic art will not miss the auction either.

As every year, artists such as Theodor Aman, Nicolae Tonitza, Theodor Pallady, Gheorghe Petra?cu, Francisc ?irato, Iosif Iser, Samuel Mützner are expected to bring forth the spring at Cesianu-Racovita Palace. The exhibition is on display starting February 7 at Artmark headquarters.

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