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The Sotheby's has published a list of its April 21 Russian art auction
Constantine Makovsky's and Ivan Aivazovsky's canvases and Faberge figurines come as highlights, says Izvestia, popular Moscow-based daily. There are a total 360 lots. Seven Aivazovsky seascapes open the list. Prominent among them are "Winterscape", starting price $250,000-350,000, and "Blessing", $400,000-600,000. Makovsky's "The Judgment of Paris" comes as main hit, at $750,000 to 1,100,000, to beat the Makovsky auction record. Painted in 1889, the giant canvas, 2.5 meters to 4, made a Paris Exposition sensation the same year. The Pabst Brewing Company of the USA has owned it since the 1920s. Faberge items also outrun the Aivazovskys, at $400,000-800,000 apiece. The four figurines of 1910, carved of precious stone, each five centimeters high, belonged to the private collection of Nicholas II, Russia's last Emperor. Taken off to London after the Revolution, the precious figurines eventually found their way to the collection of Sir William Siddes, British Ambassador to the USSR, 1939-40. Paintings by Zinaida Serebryakova, Boris Grigoryev, Nicholas Roerich, Alexei Kharlamov, Filipp Malyavin and other permanent presences in the Russian art market will also come up in New York City at exorbitant prices
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