Painting by Romanian Adrian Ghenie sold for GBP 3.1m in Sotheby’s auction


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Famous young painter Adrian Ghenie registered new success in selling his works. ‘The Sunflowers in 1937‘ was sold for GBP 3,117,000 (about EUR 4 M) in a Sotheby’s auction in London on Wednesday. It was an all-time record for the Romanian painter, as the auction house informed.

The large oil-on-canvas work is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s iconic sunflowers. It was estimated for GBP 400,000 to 600,000. The painting has initially belonged to the Galerie Judin of Berlin, after bying it from the artist.

The Sunflowers in 1937‘ was part of the painter’s ‘2014 Berlin Noir‘ exhibition at Galerie Judin, a memento of the Nazi campaign against the art deemed ‘degenerate’ during the Third Reich.sunflower

Two more paintings by Ghenie are on auction at Sotheby’s on Thursday. One of them is ‘Untitled (Elena Ceausescu)‘, a portrait of the former Romanian communist dictator’s wife, estimated at GBP 60,000 to 80,000.

Ghenie, born in 1977 in Baia Mare (northwestern Romania), has his exquisite works on display in several museums throughout the world, including the Centre Pompidou of Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, and the SMAK (Municipal Museum of Modern Art) of Ghent, Belgium. He represented Romania in the 2015 Biennale of Venice, Italy with the  ‘Darwin’s Room‘ project.

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