Hungary communist relics for sale at auction

November 22, 2010
Staff member of the Pinter Gallery brings a large bust of Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin into the basement of the gallery before its auction in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. More than 200 pieces of communist era relics were found by the Hungarian government in various ministries and state warehouses and will be sold in early December to benefit the victims of last month's red sludge disaster. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
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Staff member of the Pinter Gallery brings a large bust of Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin into the basement of the gallery before its auction in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. More than 200 pieces of communist era relics were found by the Hungarian government in various ministries and state warehouses and will be sold in early December to benefit the victims of last month's red sludge disaster.

Hungary's government says it will sell 230 communist-era relics including a life-size bust of Vladimir Lenin at an auction to benefit people affected by last month's red sludge flood.

State Secretary Bence Retvari says the objects, also including paintings in the Socialist Realism style and photographs of Hungary's communist-era leaders, were found in state warehouses "where they have been gathering dust for the past 20 years."

Retvari said Monday the auction will be held Dec. 6 and revenues will be given to Caritas, a Catholic charity, to help residents in several towns in western Hungary which were hit on Oct. 4 by a flood of toxic red sludge from a broken reservoir at an aluminum plant. Ten people died in the flooding and dozens were injured.