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Austrian Gazprom property to be auctioned – media – RT Business News

A total of 240 items, including a pipeline map of Europe and a historical map of the Russian Empire, will be sold to the highest bidder

Stocks belonging to the Austrian subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom will go under the hammer on May 24, Austrian media reported on Monday.

It comes after Gazprom Austria GmbH filed for insolvency with the Vienna Commercial Court in April following “the cessation of natural gas deliveries by Gazprom Export Ltd., St. Petersburg”, according to a statement by lawyer Georg Unger.

Furniture from the Vienna-based Gazprom subsidiary, comprising 240 items, will be auctioned on behalf of the insolvency administrator by Austrian auction house Aurena, according to media reports.

The lots include quality office furniture, paintings, acoustic equipment, plants, computers, telephones, safes, document shredders and a wine cellar. Among the items is a historical map of the Russian Empire, titled in Latin as “Mappa generalis totius Imperii Russici.”

Aurena said anyone, whether a business or an individual, can place bids in the online auction and has already received many applications.

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Auction “provides the opportunity to learn more about the history and importance of the Gazprom subsidiary in Austria and would allow interested parties to own part of the current economic and political history”, Austrian news outlet Vindobona wrote. European pipeline map “can give an overview of the structure of the network and the European energy supply” while aerial photography of the Baumgarten natural gas station illustrates natural gas infrastructure and transportation routes, the outlet said.

Austrian media have suggested that some of the paintings from the former Austrian office of Gazprom may also have artistic value, as they could be works by regional or international artists.

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