Russian Art

Click here to view results and highlights of the June 2020 Russian sales.


One of only two auction houses to go ahead with the traditional June Russian Week sales, Sotheby’s recent auctions of Russian Pictures and Works of Art made a combined total of £8m, against a total of £2m at the other competitor to sell in June and £3.3m at the competitor who postponed to July. Both pioneer and market leader in this sale category, in the face of global restrictions on movement we took the decision to pivot the sales online making them the first-ever flagship sales of Russian art to be staged this way. We achieved exceptional results for our consignors, including £2.3m for Ivan Aivazovsky’s The Bay of Naples, a then record price for any painting sold in an online-only sale. Our Russian works of art sale led the market and set a new world record for a rare and important Fabergé icon, which sold for £375,000.

Over the past decade Sotheby’s has established itself as the clear market leader for Russian art. Flagship sales of Russian Pictures and Russian Works of Art are held twice a year, in early June and late November, and for the last few years we have also held specialised mid-season sales dedicated to the work of the Non-Conformists. Sotheby’s has unparalleled access to collectors thanks to a global network of specialists, a dedicated Russian desk in our Private Client Group and a long-established presence in Moscow, where we regularly hold preview exhibitions.

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