Following the private sale of two masterpieces by Robert Falk and Petr Konchalovsky for record prices ahead of this week's auctions, Sotheby's Russian Art sale series achieved over £24 million, not including the undisclosed sum paid for Falk’s portrait of Yakov Kagan-Shabshai. Russian pictures fetched the highest total of the last five years with 37 lots selling for over £100,000. The sale of Important Russian Art brought a total of £7,786,000. View the full list of results for the sale including Nikolai Fechin's Nude from the Palm Springs Art Museum, which achieved £1,258,500 - over double the low estimate. A new auction record of £746,500 was set for Nikolai Sapunov with his 1907 work, Peonies.
The Important Russian Art Evening sale is led by Robert Falk’s exceptional Man in a Bowler Hat (Portrait of Yakov Kagan-Shabshai), undoubtedly the most significant painting by the artist ever to appear at auction. Other highlights from the 20th century include the sumptuous Nude by Nikolai Fechin from the collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum, as well as a rare early work by Nikolai Roerich dating from 1918. The sale also features a strong group of 19th-century works, among them a painting by Alexei Bogoliubov with Imperial provenance and a magnificent early landscape by Lev Lagorio.