Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin painting to highlight Sotheby’s auction of important Russian art

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NEW YORK, N.Y.- Sotheby’s auction of Important Russian Art on 1 November 2011 will be led by Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin’s Pearl Mosque at Delhi, the most accomplished painting from the artist’s famed Indian series and his most significant canvas to appear at auction in over a century (est. $3/5 million*). The monumental work – measuring approximately 13 by 16 feet – is on offer from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), along with seven works in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale the following night. Pearl Mosque at Delhi will be on view in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning 26 October, alongside the full sale exhibition. “We are thrilled to offer this true masterwork from the collection of the MFA,” commented Sonya Bekkerman, Head of Sotheby’s Russian Paintings department in New York. “Beyond its astonishing size, Pearl Mosque at Delhi represents