Christie’s Sets Ilya Repin Record at the Russian Art Week Sales in London

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artwork: The painting, "A Parisian Cafe" by Russian artist Ilya Repin. Christie's claimed a new auction record for Russian artist Ilya Repin on June 6, when his 1875 oil on canvas "A Parisian Cafe" fetched 4.5 million pounds ($7.4 million) at the start of Russian art week in London.


LONDON – Christie’s claimed a new auction record for Russian artist Ilya Repin on Monday when his 1875 canvas “A Parisian Cafe” fetched 4.5 million pounds ($7.4 million USD) at the start of Russian art week in London. The large-scale canvas, depicting a bustling cafe crowded with well-heeled customers, had been expected to fetch 3-5 million pounds and fetched one of the highest prices of any painting at a specialist Russian sale.