The world’s highest selling price for a sculpture by the pioneering Greek artist Takis (Panagiotis Vasilakis, 1925–2019) was achieved by VERGOS Auctions, the largest Greek auction house.
The sale took place during the recent auction of modern Greek painting and sculpture with historical, philhellenic and folk items held on June 17th at the Athinais Cultural Center.
The sculpture was initially valued at 100,000 – 150,000 euros, but after keen interest from buyers from Greece and abroad, it was sold to a Greek collector for 190,300 euros.
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It belongs to the famous “Signals” series by the internationally recognized sculptor and was exhibited in 2008 in the Xippas Gallery in Paris.
Takis’s historically highest sales price for the global art market is another success for VERGOS Auctions, after two other recent successes for Greek artists:
(1) At the Painting & Sculpture auction in January, the auction house achieved the highest selling price for the painting “The Apotheosis of Beauty” (1940) on the Greek art market and among the five highest worldwide (378,120 €) by Konstantinos Parthenis (1878-1967) ),
(2) the highest price worldwide (€ 28,274) for the “White Eikonostasio” (2003) by the contemporary artist Stephen Antonakos (1926 – 2013). In a previous auction, the highest selling price in Greece and 4the worldwide, for the work (2 “Untitled” 001) by Giannis Kounellis (1936 – 2017), which was sold for 259,600 euros.
At the auction on June 17th in the Historic and Philhellenic Objects category, there was also great interest in the Portrait of Theodoros Kolokotronis (1843) by the French painter Pierre Bonirote (1811 – 1891) for € 34,250 (estimate after estimate € 8,000 – 12,000).
Those interested can find more information about the results of the auction on the website www.vergosauctions.com.
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