That avant-garde painting lost for nine decades until a Hungarian researcher spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film
"Stuart Little" was sold for over $285,000 Saturday at an auction in Budapest. -Editor
An avant-garde painting lost for nine decades until a Hungarian researcher spotted it being used
as a prop in the Hollywood film "Stuart Little" was sold for over 200,000 euros Saturday at an auction in Budapest.
The painting "Sleeping Lady with Black Vase", by Robert Bereny (1887-1953), fetched a price of 229,500 euros ($285,700), more than
doubling its reserve price of around 110,000 euros.
Staff at the Virag Judit auction house told AFP that the buyer was an unnamed private Hungarian collector, and that the sale price exceeded
"I always knew it was a masterpiece, now it seems the market agrees," said Gergely Barki, 43, the Hungarian National Gallery researcher
who noticed the painting in the 1999 kids' movie about a mouse as he watched TV with his daughter Lola on Christmas Eve six years ago.
The work disappeared in the late-1920s but Barki recognised it immediately even though he had only ever seen a faded black-and-white photo dating
from a 1928 exhibition catalogue archived in the National Gallery.
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artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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