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Christie’s dominates the global market for Russian Art, holding regular specialised sales in London in June and November each year that are unparalleled in calibre and scholarship. Our commitment to consignors ensures exceptional sale results; Christie’s Russian Art sales have achieved the highest selling-rates across the auction houses for the last eight consecutive seasons. Collectors are more likely to sell their works successfully with Christie’s than with any other auction house.

For over a decade, Christie’s has achieved new world auction records for Russian Art sale. We have broken 15 world records, five in excess of £2 million, within the past two years and currently hold world-record auction prices for over 50 of the foremost Russian artists, including Borovikovsky, Repin, Levitan, Vereshchagin, Vasnetsov, Serov, Somov, Goncharova, Lentulov, Mashkov and Annenkov.

In November 2014, we have sold the most expensive painting ever in a Russian Art sale: an exquisite Portrait of Maria Zetlin by Valentin Serov went under the hammer for £9,3 million. We were also entrusted with the sale of such iconic pieces of Russian Art as Yuri Annenkov’s Portrait of Aleksandr Tikhonov (£4 million, November 2014), Ilya Repin’s Parisian café (£4,5 million, June 2011) and Boris Kustodiev’s The Coachman (£4,4 million, November 2012) amongst others.

Many of the phenomenal prices have been achieved for works with distinguished provenance supported by extensive research. At Christie’s we specialise in sourcing privately owned pictures, often from the families of the artists themselves. Our reputation for selling high quality Russian Art from distinguished private collections continues to drive this buoyant and dynamic market.

Christie’s international Russian department has over 130 years of collective specialist experience and with specialists based in London, New York and Paris, we offer a calendar of major sales throughout the year, in June and November. We travel across the globe to source the finest works for sale; for professional advice on building your collection or a confidential valuation, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.







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