Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Putin painting fetches $1.4 million Cdn at Russian charity auction

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — It’s no Picasso, but a painting by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sold for $1.4 million Cdn at a charity auction in his hometown of St. Petersburg.
Putin’s picture of a frost-rimed window in a traditional log hut was among artworks by Russians from various walks of life that were auctioned Saturday to raise money for a hospital, a church and a cancer clinic in the city.

Moscow gallery owner Natalya Kurnikova snapped the painting up for 37 million rubles, or about $1.4 million. She said she bought it because it could be the first and last painting of its kind.
Putin’s painting brought in more than any of the others on auction. A painting by opera singer Anna Netrebko fetched $42,000.

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