Contemporary East achieved a grand total of £2,559,349. The highlight of the sale, Ilya Kabakov’s Holidays No. 6, sold for £962,500 and nine auction records were achieved for artists such as Georgy Gurianov, Timur Novikov, Javad Mirjavadov and Oleksandr Zhyvotkov, whose works sold above the high estimate.
Contemporary East is an innovative sale that will bring art from Russia and Eastern Europe together to the international market for the first time. At its core, the sale includes genre-defining examples of Russian contemporary art from the late 1980s and early 1990s – a period of great artistic fermentation. This sale also offers an opportunity to reconceptualise the region’s artistic production, offering a fresh perspective rooted in long-standing historic relations and cultural heritage.