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Berlin Wall art collection goes under the hammer

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Berlin Wall art collection goes under the hammer

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A unique collection of art goes on sale this week.

“Artists for liberty” consists of work made up from pieces of the Berlin Wall.

A total of 48 wall fragments were given to international artists such as David Mach, Sol LeWitt and Eduardo Chillida, to make a sculpture dedicated to the theme of freedom .

French collector Sylvestre Verger is the man behind this special project: “We first put together an exhibition with Raymond Barre, the then Lyon mayor, for the G7 summit at that time, and were lucky that Gorbachev and his wife paid us a visit,” said Verger.

Since then, the collection has been exhibited in several cities around the world. The value of the works varies from between three thousand and 300,000 euros. Many Russian artists are among Verger’s favourites.

Among the artists included in the exhibition is the American Adam Steiner, who penned his piece of the wall in a metal box

“For me, the wall represented something very evil. So, I felt that the only thing I can really do is to encase it,” said Steiner.

The auction of the collection “Artists for liberty” will be held at the Paris headquarters of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.

Our correspondent in Paris, Giovanni Magi said: “The 48 works are being sold individually, but the auctioneers will favour bids for purchasing the entire collection in order to preserve its unique heritage.”

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