Aivazovsky painting reaches $1.6 million at Heritage auction

DALLAS – A painting by Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky, Pushkin at the Water’s Edge, sold for $1.61 million in Heritage Auction Galleries’ Oct. 3 sale of works held by the Crow Art Partnership. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 19.5 percent.

Aivazovsky’s 1886 painting was advertised extensively in Russia by Heritage, and was purchased by a telephone bidder from Moscow. Painted by the Crimean artist known for his seascapes, Aivazovsky met poet Alexander Pushkin early in his career and admired the man as a Russian hero, including Pushkin in many of his works. In Pushkin at the Water’s Edge, Aivazovsky depicts him sitting by the sea with his wife.

Marc Chagall’s Fleurs et Couple sold for $448,125. The same piece sold in a 1999 Christie’s auction for about a third of the price realized in the Heritage auction.

A collection of Danish artist Bjorn Wiinblad’s ceramics, tapestries and paintings also were sold. Wiinblad’s sculptures of The Gossips sold for $71,700.

An Egyptian sarcophagus, circa 1000 B.C., sold for $119,500. The sarcophagus in the form of a woman stood 6 feet tall. It was ornamented with a multi-strand necklace and red cross-over braces, the rest of the body and sides painted with numerous divinities and wings, all on a yellow background.

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