Sotheby’s Doubles Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Collection

Kornei Chukovsky - Ilya Repin
“Portrait of Kornei Chukovsky” * – Ilya Repin

Yesterday Bloomberg news reported that Sotheby’s has doubled the number of works of Russian art to be auctioned from the collection of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife, opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya. Of the 450 lots, there are now 12 valued at a million dollars or more.

” ‘This is the biggest and best collection of Russian art outside of Russia,’ said Mikhail Kamensky, director of Sotheby’s Moscow office. `This is a great opportunity to acquire art from a unique collection put together by two world cultural figures.’ ”

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* This portrait is one of the twelve lots expected to sell at a million dollars or more.


Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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