A collection of over 300 art objects, books, and musical instruments that belonged to the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife Opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya, will be auctioned at London’s Sotheby’s auction with the initial total estimated cost of 3.5 million pounds, said the auction house.
“Sotheby’s on November 28 put on sale a private collection of Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya. The auction will be exhibited more than 300 lots, including furniture, personal jewelry, objects of art, books and even musical instruments, which played a Maestro… Auction with a total estimated value of lots more than 3.5 million pounds will be an unprecedented opportunity to look at the personal life and the love of two prominent musicians” — it is told in received RIA Novosti news Agency the message of Sotheby’s.
Mstislav Rostropovich — the universal genius, equally brilliant cellist, conductor, organizer of concerts and festivals, collector, philanthropist and social activist. In fact, the history of music for cello of the twentieth century was written by Rostropovich for major composers created cello works that have become masterpieces. For his life Rostropovich played 130 Premier of works for cello, 102 of them were dedicated to him.
“Put up for auction items that belonged to them personally (Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya), with whom they lived and with whom we have associated childhood memories. We cherish these items… but we will be happy as I would be happy they (Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya) give other people the opportunity to meet with those he cared about our father and mother” — gives the auction house the statement of the daughters of musician Elena and Olga Rostropovich.
In 2007, Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov has bought at auction Sotheby’s then sold part of the collection of art objects and tools of Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya, transferring it to the Russian state.
“We are very pleased that Olga and Elena asked us to sell a personal collection of parents. We have established long relationship with them. Family sold in 2007, a collection of Russian art, which acquired the house in the Konstantinovsky Palace in Russia,” — are reported words of international Director of Sotheby’s Russian art, Jo Vickery.
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