Romanian Adrian Ghenie’s portrait of Communist dictator’s wife sells in auction


Two more paintings by Romanian Adrian Ghenie were sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London last week, just one day after the artist’s Sunflower painting sold for a record of EUR 4.5 million in another action, according to

Ghenie’s Untitled (Elena Ceausescu), a portrait of late Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s wife, sold for GBP 197,000 (over EUR 250,000) at the Contemporary Art Day Auction organized on February 11.

Communist dictators, Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were executed in December 1989. The painting is based on a photo of Elena Ceausescu taken the day of her execution, according to information posted on Sotheby’s website.

Another portrait by Adrian Ghenie, named Untitled,sold for GBP 137,000 (some EUR 174,000) at the same auction. The painting had an estimated price between GBP 60,000 and GBP 80,000.



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