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

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LONDON (REUTERS).- 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 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. That record is held by Russian art auctioneer MacDougall’s, which raised around seven million pounds with Russian-American artist Nikolai Fechin’s “The Little Cowboy” last year. Christie’s holds a single Russian art sale in London this week on Monday, while its rival Sotheby’s has three separate auctions ending on Wednesday. MacDougall’s holds four sales on Wednesday and Thursday with an overall low estimate of 15 million pounds. “We