German museum fails to buy Richter painting

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22 June 2006, DRESDEN, GERMANY - Dresden's renowned Albertinum museum voiced disappointment Thursday that it was outbid at auction for German painter Gerhard Richter's 1965 work Tante Marianne.

22 June 2006

DRESDEN, GERMANY - Dresden's renowned Albertinum museum voiced disappointment Thursday that it was outbid at auction for German painter Gerhard Richter's 1965 work Tante Marianne.

Martin Roth, curator at the Albertinum where more than 40 Richter paintings are on display, said, "If we had had another two weeks, we could have raised the money."

The painting of Richter's teenaged aunt, who was murdered by the Nazis, was sold Wednesday night at Sotheby's in London for 3.9 million dollars to an anonymous bidder.

"We ought to set up a kind of emergency fund in Germany where you get hold of money at short notice for things like this and repay it later," Roth said. The museum needed more time to persuade businesses and wealthy art lovers to donate for the purchase of such treasures.

Richter, 74, donated the existing Albertinum collection to his home city, Dresden. Richter works fetch prices in the millions today.

Tante Marianne portrays Richter as a 4-month-old infant in the arms of his then 14-year-old aunt Marianne Schoenfelder, who was later diagnosed with schizophrenia and "euthanized" by the Nazis.

DPA

Subject: German news

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