The paintings at the “Romanian Impressionism and Postimpressionism” auction this month were sold for almost €900,000. Among them was Nicolae Grigorescu’s Ox Cart which was sold for €155,000. Art lovers have had the chance to bid for 127 works of art with a total value estimated at between €600,000 and €1,000,000. But the star of the evening was the Ox Cart with a starting price of €100,000. The painting has become the second most expensive work of art in Romania, after Camil Ressu’s Aișe which was auctioned by Artmark in 2009 and sold for €160,000.
Interestingly enough, the person who bought Aișe last year was reported to be present in the auction room at the event but it seems that he either could not afford to acquire another expensive work or he simply didn’t want this one.
Other valuable pieces have also been sold at the Artmark autumn auction: works of Camil Ressu, Francisc Șirato, or Ștefan Luchian (his Roses went from €19,000 to €50,000).