BERÉNY, RÓBERT. SLEEPING WOMAN WITH A BLACK VASE (WOMAN ASLEEP). Estimate $240,000 - $325,000. Photo via Virág Judit BERÉNY, RÓBERT. SLEEPING WOMAN WITH A BLACK VASE (WOMAN ASLEEP). Estimate $240,000 - $325,000. Photo via Virág Judit

A painting by Robert Bereny was thought to be lost but has now been discovered and is set to go up on the auction block later this month. The painting, Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Robert Bereny, was last seen in 1928 and thought to be lost. Bereny was a Hungarian painter who helped bring Expressionism and Cubism to his home country. The missing painting is an important piece of Hungarian art history and has now been returned to Budapest.

Still from "Stuart Little" Columbia Pictures 1999. Photo via NY Post Still from "Stuart Little" Columbia Pictures 1999. Photo via NY Post

Art historian Gergely Barki first noticed the piece in 2009 when he was watching "Stuart Little" (Columbia, 1999) with his daughter. The painting appears in the background as part of the set for the protagonist's apartment. Barki contacted the production team and received an answer after two years of investigation. It turns out that a production assistant had purchased the painting for $500 in an antiques shop and used it for the set design and later took it home to her own apartment.

The painting has since been sold to an art collector who has put it up for auction. The sale will take place on December 13 at the Virág Judit auction house in Budapest, with an estimate of $240,000 - $325,000.

 

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