Detective story with «Bunches of Flowers»

P. Konchalovsky. (?) Bunch of Flowers. Oil on carton. 70.0 x 100.0. Estimate €100,000–120,000. The lot was put off from sale

A Paris Auction House Aguttes together with Cabinet d’Expertise Dan Coissard held sales specialised in the works of impressionists, post-impressionists, art-nouveau and abstract paintings on June 26. As it was announced by Russian Antique information agency, the event took place in the Drouot Hotel in Paris.

Continuing the Russian Week on the threshold of special Russian Sales of the famous French Auction House Tajan, Russian paintings of the XIX and XX centuries were presented by special auction section.

N. Kogan. Supermatist Composition. Ink and watercolour on paper. 45.7 x 34.0. Estimate €12,000–15,000. The lot was sold for €19,253

Organisers of the auction pinned hopes on the sale of a picture «Bunches of Flowers» by Pyotr Konchalovsky. Announcing this event, Russian Antique information agency published a photo of the canvas with characteristics pointed in the online auction catalogue (oil on carton, 70.0 x 100.0 cm, estimate €100 000–120 000) on the web-cite www.antiq.info. See information line of June 19. Due to this publication experts of Konchalovsky Culture Heritage Fund were interested in the auctioned Konchalovsky’s picture. The fund was created on May 18, 2006, its founders are successors of the artist including Andron Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov. According to Alexander Konov, the director of the fund, Russian experts weren’t sure the picture had been created by Pyotr Konchalovsky. They informed it to the direction of Paris Auction House and the picture was put off from sales for further investigation of authorship and provenance.

The top-lot of the auction became «Coulant», the art work by one of the leading abstract artists V. Kandynsky. The experts didn’t expect the canvas would fetch €1,985,478. It is not the record for Kandynsky’s painting. «Fugue» (1914) by Kandynsky had realised $19,000,000 (Sotheby’s, 1990).

The next one in the list of the most expensive works is K. Gorbatov’s canvas «Snowed Village» («Village enneigé»). It was hammered at €126,349 twice exceeding the estimate.

R. Indiana. Love-Red Blue. 1960. Aluminium. Estimate €500,000–700,000. The lot was sold for  €974,689

«Masquerade in Paris»(oil on carton) by K. Korovin estimated at €25,000–30,000 and «Portrait of a Woman» by N. Pimonenko estimated at €15,000–20,000 fetched €34,896 and €86,639 correspondingly.

Two more pictures attracted the collectors: «Woman in a Pink Dress with Black Fur» by Russian emigrant artist Vera Roklina (1896–1934) estimated at €20,000–25,000) and «Supermatist Composition» by N. Kogan (ink and watercolour on paper; estimate €12,000–15,000). «Woman in a Pink Dress with Black Fur» made €72,199 thrice exceeding the estimate. «Supermatist Composition» was sold for €19,253.

«Portrait of a Young Lady»(«Portrait de Jeune Femme») by Z. Serebryakova was expected to realise €15,000 – €20,000 but was sold for €66, 183. The picture is a pastel painting (64.0 x 49.0) created in 1942.

Besides masterpieces having a Russian origin, big -sized sculpture Love-Red Blue (the 1960s) by R. Indiana attracted the visitors. The sculpture is considered to be the icon of the 1960s. Enlarged copy of the work of abstract art is erected in Manhattan, New York (the corner of the 56th Street and the American Avenue). The sculpture was sold for €974,689.

The sales featured a unique collection of modern photographs including the famous «Negresco» by Massimo Vitali. «Negresco» is a scaled view of a Nice Beach. The lot was sold for €42,116.

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