A porcelain Fabergé serving set was the star of this year’s art auction hosted by the state-owned Hungarian pawnshop chain BÁV Zrt.
The set was eventually sold for 25.2 million forints (€75,000) to a telephone bidder, four times the starting bid. This was also the first time that BÁV accepted online bids, with the highest bid on the web coming in at 20 million forints, which was not enough to secure the serving set.
This year’s catalog consisted of 451 items, including paintings, statues, stoneware, jewelry, wristwatches, antique swords, and firearms. Besides jewelry, Art Nouveau ceramics were present in the highest number, but the jewelry category also included a Maltese Order of Merit gold medal.
Among the paintings, the highest price was paid for an untitled landscape by early 20th-century Hungarian painter Lajos Gulácsy, that went for 45.6 million forints (€135,713).
Title image: Porcelain Fabergé serving set (source: bav.hu)