Collector Pákh Ready To Take Back His Munkácsy Master Piece

  • 8 Jun 2015 6:00 AM
Collector Pákh Ready To Take Back His Munkácsy Master Piece
The Hungarian-born American art collector Imre Pákh said that he will have Mihály Munkácsy’s monumental painting “Golgotha” removed from the Déri Museum in Debrecen because talks on the possible sale of the work to the state have fallen through. The painting is one of Munkácsy’s famous “Christ Trilogy” and is currently on loan to the Déri Museum, where all three paintings are on display.

The state has owned “Ecce Homo!” for years and it recently acquired “Christ Before Pilate”, another of the three, from Canada’s Art Gallery of Hamilton for 5.7 million dollars, with funding from the National Bank of Hungary’s programme to buy national art treasures.

Ferenc Gerhardt, deputy governor of the central bank, said on public television last week that the bank would pay 6 million dollars to acquire the painting, though Pákh is asking for 9 million dollars.

Pákh said that the painting would be removed on June 25. „Until then, if the opinion of the National Bank of Hungary or its deputy governor, Ferenc Gerhardt, changes, or if another government body or institution shows interest in the painting, I am at their disposal,” he added.

Pákh noted that Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Fine Art Asset Management had appraised the painting and all had put its value around 10 million dollars.

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