Thieves Take Picasso, Chagall From California Gallery

Mark Chagall. The Tribe of Dan

Thieves made off with a Chagall lithograph and a linoleum cut by Picasso after forcing open a side door of an art gallery in this resort community, authorities said Thursday.

The thieves triggered the alarm and were inside the Modern Masters Fine Art Gallery less than two minutes before police arrived, said Riverside County sheriff’s Cpl. Dennis Gutierrez.


Published in: on December 26, 2005 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  

A different view on Soviet Era

Yuri Vasiliev. Bazar. 1960. Oil on cartboard. 35,0 И 70,0. Estimate $2000

In the second decade of March, 2006, an auction dedicated to paintings of Soviet Era will take place in Moscow. It is organized by “Kiselev” Club of contemporary art development.

The sБlЕ will contain paintings and drawings of “sotsrealism” artists: нichail Ananjev, Cerafim Altaev, Petr Bogachev, Yuri Vasiliev, Victor Kotov, Jakov Kozlov, Nicolai Novikov, Pavel Sudakov.


Published in: on December 22, 2005 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Small sizes are in value

б. Solodkov. Three oaks. 1930-1940. Oil on canvas. 102.0 x 72.0 cm. Estimate $14.000-16.000. The lot was sold for $13.000

On December 17, at the closure of the Moscow Christmas antiquarian fair, gallery of Leonid Shishkin held an auction in The Central House of Artist, during which participants of the fair and the exhibiting project «Half a century of Soviet art» presented their collections.

An exhibition titled «Trip to Central Asia, 1920–1990» was warmly welcomed by the public, which secured the successful auctioning of the collection, though there was no rush about the auctioned lots, no desperate bidding.


Published in: on December 20, 2005 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Lucian Freud’s portrait will be sold at Christie’s

Next year an auction house Christie’s will sell a portrait of gambling magnate Victor Chandler by a renowned British painter Lucian Freud. «Man in a String Chair» was painted by the celebrated artist, who is also the grandson of the pioneer of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, between 1988 and 1989.

According to AFP, the painting, which is expected to fetch between three million and four million pounds (4.42–5.90 million euros, 5.30–7.07 million dollars), will go under the hammer on February 8 in the Post-War and Contemporary Art sale.


Published in: on December 19, 2005 at 7:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Russian paintings at Stockholms Auktionsverk

E. Lipgarth. A Portrait of Emperor Nicolas II. 1896. Oil on canvas. 253,0 И 173,0 cm. Sold for SEK 3,800,000

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.


A new record for an Egyptian antiquity

A new record for an Egyptian antiquity has been set at a New York Christie’s auction. A unique limestone group statue of Ka-nefer and his family, Old Kingdom, Dynasty V, 2465–2323 BC, was sold on the auction block for 2.8 million dollars. The statue was purchased for the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, from a private US collection.

The valuable antiquity represents Ka-nefer seated on a high bench with a hieroglyphic inscription by his feet reading «Overseer of Craftsmen, Priest of Ptah, Ka-nefer». Ka-nefer’s wife and son are represented at either side of Ka-nefer. Separately, an Egyptian black granite standard-bearing statue of Queen Nefertari, Dynasty XIX, Reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II, 1290–1224 BC, was sold on Friday, December 9 for a record 2.3 million dollars.


Published in: on December 14, 2005 at 6:19 am  Leave a Comment  

A Holy gate stolen

Holy gate. Unknown artist. XVII century. Tempera. Height – 2m, width – 50–60 cm

The Federal Culture and Mass Media Supervision Agency requests help in searching of a rare monument of XVII century Russian icon-painting. According to the Belomor (the White Sea) branch of the Supervision Agency, a unique XVII century Holy gate was stolen from the Assumption church in the town of Belozersk (the Vologda region) on September 25, 2004. Criminals broke into the church at the Karl Marx Street, 43 through a grilled window.

The Holy gate consists of two wooden leafs with icons depicting four Evangelists and the Annunciation. The leaf’s size: height 2 m, width 50–60 cm. The author of the Holy gate is unknown. Here is the detailed description of the gate. The right leaf (icons from top downward): the Holy Virgin sitting on a throne and holding a scroll; evangelist Mathew with a scroll in his hand, above him there is an angel with a book; evangelist Mark with a scroll, above him – an eagle with a book.


Published in: on December 14, 2005 at 3:26 am  Leave a Comment  

«Sovcom» December sales

S. Zhukovsky. Early spring. 1911. Oil on canvas. 71,0 И 89,5 cm. Estimate $100,000–110,000. Sold for $95,000. Sovcom. Moscow. December 10

A Moscow-based art gallery «Sovcom» conducted sales dedicated to Russian and Soviet art on December 10. 99 lots from 128 managed to find new owners at the auction. All the expected top-lots of the auctioned collection were sold as well.

Among them – a 1911 painting «Early spring» by Stanislav Zhukovsky, a student of well-known Russian artists V. Polenov and I. Levitan, signed and dated in a lower right corner. Coming from a private collection the painting was examined by specialists of the Igor Grabar National Research and Restoration center. According to art experts, the important canvas was estimated to fetch from $100,000 to $110,000. The lot was sold for impressive $95,000.


Published in: on December 13, 2005 at 4:44 am  Leave a Comment  

A restored Titian’s painting failed to sell

Titian. Portrait of a Lady and her Daughter. Circa 1550s

An incomplete painting by the Italian Old Master Titian painted over and rediscovered more than 400 years later, failed to sell at auction in London on December 8, despite attracting interest from around the world.

Bidding for «Portrait of a Lady and Her Daughter» was less than the minimum price placed on the work so the seller did not part with the painting, Christie’s auction house said. The painting was expected to fetch between $8.72 million and $14 million but bidding managed to reach «only» $6.5 million.


Published in: on December 13, 2005 at 3:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Russian military rewards at a Moscow «Coins and Medals» auction

Medal «For Capture of Shlisselburg. October 12, 1702». Obverse. Silver. 33,77 g. Diameter 53 mm. Starting price $80,000. Sold for $125,000. «Military rewards of Russia». «Coins and medals», Moscow. December 3

A Moscow numismatic company «Coins and Medals» conducted an auction titled «Military rewards of Russia» on December 3. The sales featured 195 lots: important Russian orders, medals, military signs and badges.

Predictably, the top-lot of the sales was an extremely rare silver medal «For Capture of Shlisselburg. October 12, 1702». The final price for the medal reached stunning $125,000, while the starting price was «only» $80,000. That important medal was presented to volunteers from the Russian corpse under the command of General Sheremetev during the storm of the Swedish fortress Noteburg at the rise of the Neva River.


Published in: on December 9, 2005 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment