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Anders Zorn painting sold at record price

A masterpiece by Anders Zorn was sold for 26 million kronor at an  auction – the highest price ever paid for a Swedish painting.

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Anders Zorn’s masterpiece “Sommarnöje" (Summer Delight) from 1886 was on Thursday sold at an auction in Stockholm for 26 million kronor ($3.35 million). That’s the highest price ever paid for a painting by a Swedish artist – and the highest price ever paid for an art work at a Swedish auction.

“It’s an amazing painting. There were many enthusiastic bidders fighting for it”, Anna Hamilton, spokesperson at the Stockholm's Auction House (Stockholms Auktionsverk), told The Swedish Wire.

The previous record was held by August Strindberg's "Underlandet" ("Wonderland"), which was sold for 22 million kronor in the late 1980s.

The record price is yet another sign that the art market is now once again heating up following the global recession.

In London Swedish painter Carl Larsson on Wednesday demonstrated once again his international appeal as his painting “Esbjörn” was sold at Sotheby’s for 2 million kronor (€217,465) to an American private collector.

Art works by Anders Zorn (1860 – 1920), one of Sweden’s foremost artists who obtained international success as a painter, sculptor and printmaker in etching, today attract big interest among both Swedish and foreign collectors. His paintings are represented in a number of museums around the world, not the least in the US.

Who bought the Zorn painting is however secret, but it will stay in the country, Anna Hamilton said, as it was sold to Swedish private collector.

Stockholm's Auction House is the world's oldest, founded in 1674.

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 June 2010 20:07)

 

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