Art for the Parliament

‘The Port of Helsingor’ (1874), by Ioannis Altamura (1852-78), was purchased for 22.2 million drachmas by Greece’s House of Parliament during a Sotheby’s auction of 19th and 20th century Greek paintings in London on Wednesday night. The House bought another 11 paintings, including Constantinos Volanakis’s ‘Off to Shore’ (43.7 million), Georgios Bouzianis’s ‘Woman with Plant’ (46.7 million), and Nicholas Lytras’s ‘A Woodland Bridge’ (10.3 million). The sale’s highest price was commanded by Constantinos Parthenis’s ‘Mythology and Religion’ (79.5 million). Fuji Bank, the financial advisor of Hellenic Tourist Properties (ETA), a subsidiary of the state Greek National Tourism Organization, will study the preliminary plans and draw up a final investment plan. The call for bids to build the theme park will be published on November 30.