Dead communists help

Auction>> Toxic Spill • Hungary

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

imageLenin and Marx helped Hungary raise money for victims of a toxic waste spill.

On December 6, an auction of Communist-era relics raised about 12 million forints (US $58,000) for people affected by spilling of industrial effluents in western Hungarian city of Akja.

The auction included over hundred Lenin and Marx busts, portraits and paintings of other communist leaders that were stored in cellars and attics of government buildings. A 1957 painting by Iraqi artist Kadhim Haydar titled “He told us everything the way it happened” fetched the highest price of 1.6 million forints.

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