Vereschagin Paintings Auctioned for $5.7 Million at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s London Evening Sale of Important Russian Paintings a group of works by renowned Russian master Vasily Vasilievich Vereschagin of Russian, Indian and Balkan scenes brought the well above-expectations combined total of £3.7 / $5.7 million (pre-sale estimate for the group: £1.2-1.9/$1.9-3.1 million). The top-selling lot of this group also set a new auction record for the artist.

Vereschagin, oil on canvas The Taj Mahal, Evening. Photo: Sotheby’s.

Headlining the evening auction and this component of the sale was Vasily Vasilievich Vereschagin’s oil on canvas The Taj Mahal, Evening, which is one of the most important works to have resulted from Vereschagin’s trip to India from 1874 to 1876. This museum quality painting witnessed intense competition for several minutes from no fewer than four clients in the saleroom and on the telephone banks. Setting a new record for the artist at auction, the work finally sold to a round of applause for £2,281,250 ($3,749,919) to an anonymous buyer on the telephone.

The second highest price of the group was paid for Vereschagin’s oil on canvas On Campaign realised 481,250 ($791,079) against an estimate of £400,000-600,000 and the artist’s oil on canvas The Chief Mosque in Futtehpore Sikri, far surpassed pre-sale expectations of £80,000-120,000, bringing £373,250 ($613,548).

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