Icelandic visual artist Eggert Pétursson, who specializes in detailed paintings of wild plants, sold all the pieces in his exhibition at Gallerí i8 in one day, 100 paintings in total. Art historian Hannes Sigurdsson believes this is a new record.
“It is not unheard of that an exhibition sells out in one day, it happened in Mokka a few years back […], but considering the number of paintings I still believe this is a new record,” Sigurdsson told Fréttabladid.
Pétursson said he was surprised that his paintings had proven so popular. “Many paintings had been reserved before the exhibition and many people were waiting for paintings. […] The waiting list is just getting longer.”
The artist would not reveal the price of the paintings, but according to Fréttabladid’s sources, they were probably sold for tens of millions (to put this in perspective: ISK 10 million = USD 160,000, EUR 113,000).
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