• Press release
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  • For immediate release
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  • 3 June 2019

RESULTS: Russian Art Sale Achieves Total of £16,172,688 

Auction shot of Still life with lilac by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1878-1939), selling for £9,286,250

and becoming the most expensive Russian painting ever sold at a Russian Art auction.

WITH RECORD-BREAKING STILL LIFE WITH LILAC BY KUZMA PETROV-VODKIN FETCHING £9,286,250 OVER NINE TIMES ITS PRE-SALE ESTIMATE BECOMING THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTING EVER SOLD AT A RUSSIAN ART AUCTION.

A RARE SOVIET PORCELAIN PLATTER WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WORKS OF ART SESSION AND REALISED A WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR A SOVIET PROPAGANDA PORCELAIN PIECE AT £275,000.

Aleksandra Babenko & Margo Oganesian, Co-Heads of Sale, London - As we continue to celebrate 50 years of Russian art at Christie’s, we are thrilled with the results of our summer sale of Russian Art. Rare items with exceptional provenance, including the phenomenal Still life with lilac by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, graphic works by Sergei Chekhonin and woodcuts by Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, as well as Soviet propaganda porcelain, attracted passionate and enthusiastic bidding from 21 countries.

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