Monday, 17 September 2007

Sotheby's Auction Off

Ilya Repin - Portrait of a Boy (1867)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.

2 Comments:

At 18/9/07, Blogger Barkingside21 said...

He has also bought a larger stake in Arsenal Football Club.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/7000165.stm

 
At 19/9/07, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

I know. Money to burn, eh? If only the rest of us had that problem. Mind you, if we did, inflation would be as high as it in Zimbabwi: 8000%. You can't win. The fat cats will always be one step ahead of us.

 

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