Lentulov's Church in Alupka highlights Russian art at $3.5m

Aristarkh Lentulov's Church in Alupka is the star lot in Christie's Important Russian Art auction, which will take place on November 25 in London.

Aristarkh Lentulov Church in Alupka
Lentulov was one of the most prominent artists of the Russian avant-garde, with his work highly influenced by cubism

The sale will mark the first time the painting has appeared on the open market since its creation in 1916. Considered one of the most important masterpieces of the Russian avant-garde, it is estimated to sell for £1.8m-2.2m ($2.9m-3.5m).

Alongside paintings, the sale will also feature a selection of Faberge and Russian works of art, including important pieces from the estate of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1900-1974).

On October 24, Sotheby's held its most valuable exhibition in Russia to date, as Moscow joins the roster of the top art collecting capitals in the world.

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