Russian Painting Sells for £2.29m Online

June 3 2020

Image of Russian Painting Sells for £2.29m Online

Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Katya Kazakina (@artdetective), Bloomberg News's Art market reporter, has noted that Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky's view of The Bay of Naples (pictured above) may have just set the record for the most expensive picture sold in an online auction. The painting sold yesterday at Sotheby's online Russian Sale for £2,295,000 (inc. fees) over at estimate of £800,000 - £1,200,000.

Aivazovsky's gargantuan paintings are highly prized in Russia, and fill the principal galleries of The State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.

It will be interesting to see if similarly impressive results will be achieved in the major London auctions this summer, especially during this age of online only sales.

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