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No 'indecent women' in Jerusalem auction
In light of global financial crisis, haredi auctioneers initiate high-profile auction in Jerusalem meant to enable millionaires to liquidate artworks. Works won't contain exposed women, they promise
Millions of dollars will change hands on Sunday during a special art auction in Jerusalem that is expected to attract hundreds of business people, collectors, art dealers and gallery owners.

 

Participants will get a chance to put their hands on the works of such prominent artists as Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Ludwig Blum, Reuven Rubin, Mordechai Ardon, Moise Kisling and others.

 

The auction was initiated by two Israeli ultra-Orthodox businessmen and its timing is not accidental. "The difficult financial situation in the world is making it hard for many businessmen to liquidate property," explained Lucien Krief, 48, the owner of MatsArt - Auctioneers and Appraisers.

 

"We've recently spoken to several businessmen who are in possession of valuable works of art, and this is how this grand auction came into being," he added.

 

300 bidders at auction

Fifty-two artworks have been flown to Israel from across the globe in recent weeks. All in all some 120 works will be put for auction today, with revenues estimated to reach $10 million.

 

The auction will be held at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. About 200 people are scheduled to attend the sale, and another 100 bidders will participate via the telephone.

 

Uri Rosenbach, 50, MatsArt director, stressed that "None of the works that will be offered at the auction portray images of exposed women, as this is forbidden according to the Halacha."

 

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