Russian Sales in Dublin

F. Mischenko. Wild Geese. Oil on canvas. 114,3 И 203,2 cm. Estimate €4,000–6,000. Sold for €6,500

On January 30 an auction house Garrett O’Connor held important sales dedicated to Soviet art. The Russian Sale featured 291 works by artists of the Soviet era from a private Irish collection. The majority of presented lots were sold at the auction.

Portraits, still-lifes and landscapes created through 1920–1990 managed to fetch impressive prices exceeding pre-sale estimates. The owner of the auctioned collection wished to remain undisclosed.

Reporters have found out that the 74-year old connoisseur of art lives in London now. He decided to sell his unique collection because of moving to a less spacious apartment. For thirty years the man was acquiring art pieces during his numerous business trips to the Soviet Union.

The owner of the auction house Garret O’Connor considers the Soviet art to be the major realist trend in the art of XX century. He also notes that recently Russian art pieces increasingly attract attention of international collectors. Interestingly, representatives of new Russian elite are the major buyers of Soviet cultural heritage.

An oil on canvas painting «Wild Geese» (114,3 И 203,2 cm) by a member of Commonwealth of Russian Artist Fedor Mischenko became one of the sale’s top-lots. The work was estimated at €4,000–6,000. The bidding started at €3,000 and finally the canvas was hammered at €6,500.

There was also a keen demand on portraits of the Soviet leaders. A «Portrait of Lenin» by Nafmidin Kiziev made €1,500 (estimate €1,000–1,500). Organizers of the sales were quite satisfied with such a result. A side-face portrait of Lenin by Ivan Sokolov brought only €600.

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