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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Picasso, Faberge Go On Show for 3 Days

Sotheby’sPierre Bonnard’s painting “Le petit dejeuner, radiateur” is estimated to sell for £2.5 million to £3 million at auction.

Muscovites will get three days to look at a selection of art objects from Faberge to Pablo Picasso to Ivan Shishkin at a preview exhibit at the State Historical Museum, before the items are bought up, and likely hidden from public view, by art buyers next month.

Sotheby’s auction house is showing five impressionist and modern paintings, 32 Faberge objects and 15 paintings by some of the country’s best artists as a taster for buyers before the works are sold off in June.

“Highlighting the preview will be ‘Portrait of Zinovy Grzhebin’ by Yury Annenkov, which is undoubtedly one of the most important works by the artists ever to appear on the international scene, and ‘Arbres a Collioure’ by the great fave artist Andre Derain, which is among the most striking works by the artist ever to come to the market,” Mark Poltimore, chairman of Sotheby’s in the CIS, said in a statement.

The Derain painting has an estimate of £9 million to £14 million ($14 million to $21 million).

Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, and Chaïm Soutine make up the rest of the impressionist and modern section that will go under the hammer in London on June 22.

Picasso’s painting shows his last love and muse, Jacqueline Roque, sitting on a chair with a cat on her lap. It is estimated to sell for £4 million to £6 million.

In the Russian section of the exhibit, Annenkov’s painting arrives from a private French collection. Many of the other works have had similar journeys.

“A large proportion of the works come from families who either have familial links, personal connections or anecdotal associations with the artist who painted the work for sale,” Jo Vickery, head of the Russian Art Department in London, said in a statement. “Many of the works presented for sale, particularly in the Russian Art Evening Sale are on the market for the first time, and several are even new discoveries.”

Another highlight of the Russian sale is “The Dark Wood” by Shishkin, which is believed to have been first shown at the fifth Exhibition of the Wanderers in 1876. It is estimated at £1 million to £1.5 million.

Most prized among the 32 Faberge objects up for auction is a silver-gilt, seed-pearl triptych clock and frame from 1899-1903. It is estimated at £400,000 to £600,000.

The Russian-related works will be auctioned off in two sales on June 7 and 9.

Previews are often limited to possible buyers, but this time even if you do not have a spare few million to fork out for a Picasso or Shishkin, you can still visit once you purchase a ticket to the museum.

The exhibit runs May 19-21 at the Historical Museum. 1/2 Red Square. Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii.