Prague, May 12 (CTK) – Cubist painter Bohumil Kubista’s Still Life from 1909 was sold for 15,7 million crowns at an auction Sunday, thus becoming the painting sold at the tenth highest price in the Czech Republic since 1990, Jiri Rybar, owner of the auction room, has told CTK.
The starting price was 12 million crowns and the auction surcharge was 16 percent, Rybar said.
A large portrait of Count Humprecht Jan Cernin by Czech Baroque painter Karel Skreta (1610-1674) was sold for 6.5 million crowns.
Rybar said it had been bought by the National Gallery.
As the painting is part of national heritage, the auction room offered it to the state preferentially, he added.
The state did not buy the painting before the auction, Rybak said, adding that he had had a permit that the painting could be put up for auction for two years already.
The National Gallery in Prague was interested in the