Greek art on sale at auction

Greek art of the late 19th and 20th century is the subject of an auction by Petros A. Vergos auctioneers, to be held in two parts at the Athens Plaza Hotel, tomorrow and December 2. The first part will include more than 100 paintings, some by the classic painters of Greek art. Among the highlights is a still-life by Giorgos Iakovidis dated to the late 1890s (estimated at 40-60,000 euros). The work comes with a certificate of authenticity by Dr Horst G. Ludwig who, according to the Vergos auctioneers, is a specialist appointed by the German state on the output of the School of Munich. A pastel drawing on cardboard, depicting a winged figure, and an oil painting on paper, showing the courtyard of a village house, both signed by Nikolaos Gyzis, are among the auction’s important works. There is also an early work by Giorgos Bouzianis which depicts rural dwellings. Done in a classical style, the work, estimated at 4-6,000 euros, is atypical of the artist’s expressionist work for which he is so well known. «Saint Paul» by Fotis Kontoglou, a painting in the tradition of Byzantine religious icons, is estimated at 6-8,000 euros. There is also an abstract painting by Alekos Kontopoulos dating from the late 1960s and estimated at 40-60,000 euros. The second part of the auction, which is scheduled for a week from today, will include both paintings as well as engravings. A preview of the works will take place at the Esperia Palace Hotel (22 Stadiou) from November 29 – December 1 and the auction is to be held at the Athens Plaza Hotel. Info: 210.362.0084, 210.361.4897 or