Painting by Romanian Adrian Ghenie sold for $ 7.4 million at Christie’s auction in Hong Kong
The Charles Darwin at the age of 75 painting by Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie sold for HKD 57.85 million (approx. USD 7.4 million) to the Evening sale of 20th / 21st century art: worlds in your hand auction hosted by Christie’s Hong Kong on December 1, News.ro reported.
The oil painting on canvas, signed and dated ‘Ghenie 2014’ (verso), has already been exhibited at the Pace Gallery in London and at the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Malaga. It was initially estimated at HKD 32-48 million.
“Glistening between abstraction and figuration, Charles Darwin at the age of 75 represents a moment that Darwin did not actually live to see: he died at the age of 73, in 1882. The painting de Ghenie – like many of his works – is less a portrait of the man himself than an investigation into his complex legacy, âreads the description on the auction house‘s website.
Born in 1977 in Baia Mare, in northern Romania, Ghenie graduated from the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca. His works are regularly sold at international auctions and are part of art collections around the world.
In October of this year, Charles Darwin’s death Adrian Ghenie sold for HKD 54.92 million (around â¬ 6.09 million) at an auction hosted by Sotheby’s Hong Kong.
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