More than 200 pieces of communist era relics were found by the Hungarian government in various ministries and state warehouses and will be sold in early December to benefit the victims of last month's red sludge disaster.
auction: 6 December 18:00
The objects, which also include paintings in the Socialist realism style and photographs of Hungary's communist-era leaders, were found in state warehouses and ministries "where they have been gathering dust for the past 20 years," Bence Retvari, Hungary's state secretary, said Monday.
"The state does not want to look after these communist relics anymore," he added.
The auction will be held Dec. 6 at the Pinter Gallery in the capital, Budapest. The revenue will go to Caritas, a Catholic charity, to help residents in several western towns left devastated by an Oct. 4 flood of toxic red sludge from a plant reservoir. Ten people died in the deluge and dozens were injured.
If you are unable to attend the auction in person you have the opportunity to bid by phone or file an absentee bid. You can register for both by email.
The auction exhibition is open 10-19 hours every day, at the weekends to
Dates of the auctions:
"Never again!" Charity Auction: 18h 06. 12. 2010.
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I. day: Modern and Contemporary works: 18:30h 08. 12. 2010.
II. day: Classical works: 18:30h 09. 12. 2010.
III. day: Classical works of art, silver, jewellery, furniture: 18:30h 10. 12. 2010.