At Bonhams Russian Sale

Still life with a clay jug, by Vasily Rozhdestvensky achieved £848,750 at Bonhams Russian Sale in London on 28 November, breaking the market record for a work by the artist. (Estimate of £150,000-200,000). The 171-lot sale made an impressive £2.72 million at 101 New Bond Street.

Elsewhere at the auction, a fierce bidding duel over a Fabergé Imperial Presentation Jeweled, Gold, Enamel and Hardstone Kovsh by workmaster Michael Perchin, 1896 culminated in a final sale of £236,750 to a bidder on the phone.

Other highlights include:

• Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, Shipwreck on a rocky shore, dated '1872', which achieved £212,500.
• Richard Karlovich Zommer's two pieces fetched exceptional prices, exceeding their estimates seven-fold. Elders seated in a doorway sold for £87,500 and The Kara Derbend Pass between Turkestan and Afghanistan sold for £68,750.
• Valery Koshlyakov, 'Gothic II' surpassed its estimate of £8,000-12,000, attaining a final bid of £47,500.

Daria Khristova, Department Head of Russian Art at Bonhams says "the sale marks a renewed interest in the Russian art market. We are very pleased with the results and are enthusiastic about the future."


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