Collector Pakh to sue over listing of "Golgotha"
The Hungarian-American Imre Pakh will sue over the listing of a painting he owns that is on loan to the Deri Museum in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary
Hungary's authority for the protection of national heritage recently declared "Golgotha", a monumental painting by the Hungarian master Mihaly Munkacsy, a listed work of art, preventing its removal from the country without a permit and giving the state pre-emption rights for its purchase.
The declaration, which may not be appealed, was issued after Pakh contested the first declaration listing the "Golgotha" last year.
Pakh ordered the painting to be veiled from public view last year after failing to reach an agreement on its sale to the state of Hungary.
The painting belongs to Munkacsy's famous "Christ Trilogy", all three of which hang in the Deri Museum.
The state has owned "Ecce Homo!" for years and it recently acquired "Christ Before Pilate", another of the three, from Canada's Art Gallery of Hamilton for 5.7 million US dollars, with funding from the National Bank of Hungary's programme to buy national art treasures.
The central bank earlier indicated it was willing to pay 6 million dollars to acquire "Golgotha", but Pakh asked for 9 million dollars. Pakh's offer included the loan of all 52 Munkacsy paintings in his collection for a period of twelve years as well as pre-emption rights for the works.