THE MOSCOW TIMES: Russian Art Takes Centre Stage In London

The coming week in London is set to be all about Russian art as the city's premier auction houses and arts venues kick off the fourth annual Russian Art Week. Auctions of rare and valuable Russian paintings, icons and works of decorative art will be held at all the major auction houses from May 20 to June 7, alongside a series of exceptional exhibitions of work by contemporary Russian artists at galleries and museums around the city.

A biannual event that takes place in November and June, the last Russian Art Week saw the major auction houses taking in £55 million for masterpieces by Bakst, Roerich, Falk and Faberge. This spring, auction houses Bonhams, Christie's and Sotheby's will all offer remarkable works of art for sale, including "The Pearl Mosque at Agra" at Christie's, which is estimated to fetch between £1 million and £1.5 million on June 2 at the auction house's Russian Art sale.

On June 4, Bonhams' Russian sale will take place at the auction house's new headquarters on New Bond Street.

The lot in the Bonhams sale that is generating a huge amount of buzz is "Signal Fires of Peace" by Nikolai Roerich, which reappeared recently after having been stripped of its original title and considered lost.

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