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Huge Success: Contemporary Hungarian Painting Fetches Highest-Ever Price At Sotheby’s Auction

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2016.06.08.

Contemporary Hungarian painter Attila Szűcs has written history at a 7 June auction at Sotheby’s Contemporary East auctioneers in London, which saw his work Touch sold for 16 250 pounds (approximately 6.5 million forints), four times the opening bid. The price is the highest-ever paid for a work of contemporary Hungarian art at an international auction.


Works by several other contemporary Hungarian artists, including István Nádler, György Kepes, Dóra Maurer, Juir Reigl and El Kazovszkij were sold at the auction, which saw Mr. Szűcs’s picture being acquired by an unnamed Western European collection.

Born in Miskolc in 1967, Attila Szűcs is considered one of the most prominent East-Central European painters of his generation, noted for his characteristic attachment to cultural traditions and painting techniques. Since the late 2000s, his works have been exibited at several major international exhibitions.