Zorn painting sold at record price

An Anders Zorn painting fetched a record price for a Swedish work when it was sold at auction in Stockholm on Thursday. Anders Zorn's "Sommarnöje" ("Summer Delight") sold for 26 million kronor ($3.35 million).

Zorn painting sold at record price

The previous record was held by August Strindberg’s “Underlandet” (“Wonderland”), which went for 22 million kronor, a record that has stood since the late 1980s. The original estimate was that the painting would go for 8 million to 10 million kronor.

The painting from 1886 is a watercolour in which the setting is Dalarö, southeast of Stockholm, and the painter’s wife Emma is the main character. The Zorns had just returned from their honeymoon at the time. Emma Zorn’s family had long owned a summer home in Dalarö.

“It is extremely cleverly painted,” newspaper Dagens Nyheter’s art critic Birgitta Rubin explained. “Zorn really excels here with his watercolor techniques. He captures the movement and light in the water in an exceptional way. It is a very beautiful atmosphere in the picture – it shows that he is in love with the woman he paints.”

The auction attracted a large number of bidders, including a number of foreigners. The sale took place at Stockholm’s Auction House (Stockholms Auktionsverk), the world’s oldest, founded in 1674. In the end, a Swedish private collector bought the painting.

According to Rubin, Thursday’s Swedish record price is another sign that the art market is now once again heating up following the financial crisis.

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Abba’s old BMW brings in the money, money, money at auction

Mamma mia! A BMW that once was used by Swedish pop icons Abba around has sold at an auction in Paris.

Abba's old BMW brings in the money, money, money at auction
Abba in their heyday. Photo: TT

A BMW 633 that once belonged to Abba has sold for €34,500 (341,000 kronor) at auction house Sotheby's.

The special piece of automotive heritage, as Sotheby's put it, pulled in beyond initial estimates of 210,000 to 300,000 kronor. 

The BMW followed the band around on European tours in the seventies and was used as a standby vehicle for band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

It was ordered in Polaris Silver (060) over black leather with a four-speed manual gearbox, the auction house wrote.

The bodywork of the vehicle and its interior are unmarked and it still has its rare TRX alloy wheels, the auctioneers said. 

It came with copies of the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

To see more pictures of the car, see the full listing from Sotheby's here

The sale marks the second time this year that an auction has seen pop stars, Sweden, and auctioned cars crop up in the headlines. Indeed, David Bowie's Volvo 262C pulled in a pretty penny last month when it sold for $216,000.