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Germany selling porcelain murals from former communist parliament at auction

Germany selling porcelain murals from former communist parliament at auction

If owning a chunk of the Berlin Wall is not enough for die-hard fans of communist-era collectables, bids are now being taken for three grandiose murals from the former East German parliament.
Up for grabs are a brown-and-blue mosaic of two lovers from a wall of the former espresso bar inside the parliament, a flowery blue-and-white mosaic that decorated the ice cream parlor, and a gold-plated, tile-mural that used to adorn the palace's restaurant.
The mosaics are both 33.5 square meters (361 sq. feet), while the tiled mural measures 17.5 square meters (188 sq. feet). All three pieces were made in 1975-76 by the well-known Meissen porcelain manufacturer and were specially ordered by the East German parliament.
While most of the parliament's artwork was donated to museums after the German unification of 1990, Germany's agency that deals with unresolved property issues decided to sell the murals. It posted pictures on its Web site and began accepting sealed bids starting at euro10,000 (US$13,596) each, on Friday. The mosaics have already been removed tile by tile from their original location.
At the time they were installed, the agency said, the espresso bar mosaic was worth euro18,540 (US$25,206.98), the ice cream parlor's wall decoration was euro28,788 (US$39,140.16) and the restaurant mural was worth euro8,063 (US$10,962.45).
Written bids have to be delivered to the agency by May 25.
After years of debate about the future of the iconic Palace of the Republic, the parliament building has been stripped down to its steel and concrete skeleton and will be razed by the end of 2008. The original bronze-glass-fronted parliament building in downtown Berlin included public restaurants, theaters and even a bowling alley.
To restore the area, the government, the city and private fundraisers plan to rebuild a version of a Prussian royal palace, which used to stand on the site, with space for museums and a luxury hotel.
Damaged during World War II, that Prussian palace was dynamited in 1950 by the East German government in a move that some in the West viewed as more ideological than practical.
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On the net:
Pictures and description of the murals (in German):
http://tinyurl.com/yufc99


Updated : 2021-10-23 22:46 GMT+08:00