The oldest Swedish auction house Stockholms Auktionsverk (established in 1674) held its second specialized Russian sales on December 9. The auction featured about 150 paintings, furniture, silver, and applied art pieces. The first Scandinavian Russian sales (held in 2004) totaled impressive SEK 30,000,000. Among top-lots were 12 canvases by Ivan Aivazovsky and paintings by Leonid Pasternak (father of the famous poet Boris Pasternak).
This year, the Stockholm Russian sales included works by Aivazovsky as well. Among six auctioned works the most interesting and important was a previously unknown painting depicting Stockholm. With a pre-sale estimate SEK 2,500,000–3,000,000 (€262,000–315,000) the landscape fetched SEK 2,500,000. The work representing the Swedish Royal Palace was created by Aivazovsky after a sketch made during his solo-exhibition in Stockholm in 1877.