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Affordable art on the block at two houses

Two auction houses are giving consumers the opportunity to purchase artwork before the year ends.

K Auction, Korea’s second-largest auction house, will hold its last auction of the year today at its showroom in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam District.

Prices range from the affordable to the exorbitant.

At the higher end of the spectrum is Chun Kyung-ja’s 1960 piece “The Poet with Guitar,” with bidding starting at 500 million won ($450,000), and Lee In-sung’s mid-1930s piece “Still Life with a Pot,” which starts at 140 million won.

There are also popular yet affordable pieces such as Sa Suk-won’s “Rabbit with Moon,” starting at 1.2-3 million won; Lee Wal-chong’s “Golden Mean of Jeju Living,” starting at 2.8 million won; and Hwang Young-sung’s “Village,” 3.5 million won.

IPhone customers can bid online. For details call (02) 3479-9888 or visit

Meanwhile, Seoul Auction, the biggest auction house in Korea, will host its third annual Art Auction, which includes four auction events, on Dec. 14 at Gana Art Center in Pyeongchang-dong.

The four auction events are: the 5th White Sale auction, the Design Auction, and the Modern and Contemporary Art Auction Parts I and II.

Bidding for pieces in the White Sale and Design Auction will start at 1 million won.

The proceeds from the White Sale will fund art education and financial support for underprivileged children.

The Modern and Contemporary Art Auction Parts I and II feature works by renowned Korean artists, including Kim Whan-ki’s oil on wooden board “Jar & Plum Blossom” and Park Soo-keun’s oil on hardboard “Children Jumping Rope.”

The 123 Auction in Modern and Contemporary Art Auction Part II is for individuals new to auctions. All bids start from 1 to 3 million won.

For details, go to or call (02) 395-0330.

By Lee Jung-hee []
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