Sotheby’s to hold online Russian art sales for the first time

Sotheby’s to hold online Russian art sales for the first time

Sotheby’s auction house is set to organize two sales of Russian art which will be held online for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to affect businesses and industries around the world, the auction company said.

The first sale dubbed Russian Pictures will take place between May 26 and June 2. Collectors will vie for such masterpieces as The Bay of Naples by Ivan Aivazovsky (estimated between 800,000 and 1.2 million pounds), a view of Moscow by Alexei Savrasov (350,000-550,000 pounds), and a portrait by Konstantin Makovsky’s of his third wife, Maria Alexeevna Makovsky (180,000-250,000 pounds), as well as works on paper and Soviet non-conformist works.

The next Russian art sale is entitled Works of Art, Faberge and Icons will feature more than 200 artworks, including "important private European and American collections of Faberge, silver and a strong selection of porcelain from the Imperial Porcelain Factory," Sotheby’s noted.

The auction house underlined that the two sales are just a few in the array of auctions that had to be organized online due to the coronavirus developments in the world, TASS reported.

"The start of 2020 has marked an unprecedented year for online sales at Sotheby’s, with over 50 dedicated online auctions being held to date, totaling over $100 million," Sotheby’s added.

The Russian Art Week is a major international art fair traditionally held in London two times a year - in May-June and November-December. Apart from Christie’s, other auction houses like Sotheby's, MacDougall's and Bonhams take part in it.

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