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    Aivazovsky Stars at Galerie Koller’s $29M Spring Auctions

    Galerie Koller held successful sales of Old Master and 19th-century art at its spring auctions in Zurich, from March 19-24. Three paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky fetched a total of $3.7 million.

    ZURICH—Galerie Koller held successful sales of Old Master and 19th-century art at its spring auctions in Zurich, from March 19-24. Three paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky fetched a total of $3.7 million.

    The overall turnover for the series was $28.6 million. The costliest painting was Aivazovsky’s monumental landscape Naples with a Poet Between Fishermen, 1845, which was acquired by an anonymous Russian collector for $2.48 million. This was followed by the Pieter Brueghel II painting The Bird Trap, which realized $1.3 million.

    Among surprising results was the $594,000 given for a drawing of a Man’s Profile (estimate: $2,500/3,300). It was described in the catalogue as “Florentine, about 1580” and attributed to the Circle of Andrea del Sarto, a revered Tuscan artist who lived from 1486-1530.

    CHRISTIAN VON FABER-CASTELL