Trending Up: Super Contemporary Romanian Artists auction took place on Wednesday, July 8th 2015, at Artmark, in Bucharest, Romania. The auction gathered $34.469 – quite less than expected. The auction itself saw some amazing pieces of art by young artists belonging to the post-1989 (post-communist) movement of Romanian art. Apart from those artists whose works have been part of collections and museums worldwide, the auction also saw some great pieces by street and urban artists who created special artworks for this occasion.
One of the stars of the Trending Up: Super Contemporary Romanian Artists auction is Saddo – Romanian artist who is known as a member of the street art collective – The Playground. His work went through different phases and influences, including horror movie posters, street art and comics. He is also influenced by pop-surrealism, mythology and religion themes (in spring, we wrote about his exhibition A Stranger in the Garden at BC Gallery in Berlin). Three Saddo’s works were put on sale at Super Contemporary Romanian Artists auction, but only two were sold - Orcus (Stranger in the Garden), sold for $3,318 and The Skull, Funerary Flowers, sold for $996.
Artmark – Trending Up: Super Contemporary Romanian Artists did not see any impressive results. Out of seventy-three lots offered, only 36 were sold, or 49.3 percent. Only two lots were sold over high estimate (2.7 percent of sold lots), while 16 were sold in range of estimated values (44.4 percent). On the other hand, 18 lots, or 50 percent, were sold under low estimate. The highest hammer price was seen in the sale of Traian Boldea’s Babel Tower (step 5), sold for $6,084, and Şerban Savu’s Afternoon at the office (Orange), sold for the same price ($6,084).
Speaking of the most successful lots, we should mention Radu Mocanu’s Romanian Traces and Aitch’s Adam is Dead – two lots sold for higher prices from their high estimates: Mocanu’s work had +50 percent, while Aitch’s work had +12.7 percent difference. On the bottom side are Mihaela Buhaev’s Landscape, sold with -33.4 percent difference between hammer price and low estimate, followed by Virginia Lupu’s I Trust You Blindly (with –24.9 percent) and Lia Bira’s Sweetie (Beibi) (with -24.9 percent). When it comes to high prices, Şerban Savu’s Afternoon at the office (Orange) was sold for $6,084; Traian Boldea’s Babel Tower (step 5) for $6,084; while Saddo’s Orcus (Stranger in the Garden) was sold for $3,318.
Please, scroll down, and you will find two tables – one with the summary of the Artmark – Trending Up: Super Contemporary Romanian Artists auction; the second one with detailed information on every lot auctioned at this auction.
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Adrian Preda - Truck with oxen (Tir cu boi) [Lot 36]
Mircea Pop - Ask Alice, detail (Lot 49)
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Razvan Cornici - Massive Attack (Lot 40)
All Images courtesy of Artmark.