Auction of relics to help flood victims

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The Independent Online

Hungary will auction off 230 communist-era relics, including a bust of Lenin, to help victims of last month's red toxic sludge flood which killed 10 people and injured many more.

The objects, which also include paintings in the socialist realism style and photographs of Hungary's communist-era leaders, have been stored in state warehouses for the past 20 years. The auction will be held on 6 December at the Pinter Gallery in Budapest.

The revenue will go to Caritas, a Catholic charity.