Sotheby's Auction Off
Sotheby's London auction of the Mstislav Rostropovich art collection, due to take place this week, has been cancelled. Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov stepped in and lashed out a "substantially higher" sum than the £20m estimated value of the 450 artworks up for sale. He wants to keep the collection intact and donate it to the Russian state. Nice one, Alisher. The collection includes paintings by Ilya Repin and Boris Grigoriev. So I've illustrated this post with Ilya Repin's Portrait of a Boy (1867). To see a larger graphic CLICK.