Russian art pieces set records at MacDougall's auction in London
A sale of Russian art, icons and Faberge bejeweled items which took place on Nov. 27 at the MacDougall's auction house sold pieces belonging to the Russian art heritage for a total of £9 million.
The most expensive lot, which doubled the price estimates and set a new world record, was a work by landscape painter Nikolay Dubovskoy, whose 'Blagovest' sold for £777,000 (1,260,784). ‘Autumn in Ochkasovo’ by Vladimir Stozharov, which sold for £99,750 ($161,857), and ‘Le Taureau échappé’ by Léopold Survage, which was purchased at £370,769 ($601,621) were among other world record setters. Savrasov's 'Hut in a Wintry Forest' was also well received, selling at £672,600 ($1,091,381) and doubling its estimate.
'Bathers on the Lido,' a painting by Russian theater artist and scene designer Leon Bakst, realized in Venice in 1909 and portraying the Ballet Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev and the dancer Vaslav Nijinsky on a beach, sold for £623,000 ($1,010,898).
William MacDougall commented on the positive results of the auction by attributing its success to the eclecticism of Russian art: “The market continues to be exceptionally strong, with good works in all sectors - from 19th century to Soviet art - achieving record prices. We are pleased to have had another good auction.”