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LONDON, November 25, 17:12 /ITAR-TASS/. The top lot of the Important Russian Art sale by Christie’s, Russian avant-garde artist Aristarkh Lentulov’s ‘Church in Alupka’ has fetched 2.1 million pounds sterling ($3.4 million) Monday, the auction house’s official told Itar-Tass.
The painting created in 1916 is an excellent sample of Russian avant-garde and is one of the artist’s most remarkable works ever on sale, the official believes.
The estimate was 1.8 million-2.2 million pounds sterling ($2.9 million - 3.55 million).
Besides, an unnamed collector has purchased Ilya Mashkov’s The Bathers for 4.1 million pounds sterling ($6.6 million), which considerably surpasses the estimate of 600,000-800,000 pounds sterling ($970,000-1.3 million).
Christie’s is planning to sell over 400 artworks during the Important Russian Art sale.