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 Christie's-sold painting by Aivazovsky was not Crimean, - Ministry of Culture

Ivan Aivazovsky's "Shipwreck", sold at the Christie's auction, belonged to a private French collector.

Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainian Culture Ministry's press service.

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"According to information on the official website of the Christie's Auction House, the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky titled "Shipwreck", dated 1875, was approved for sale by its owner, who provided a proof of ownership of the said picture that had been in his family's property in a private collection in the territory of France since 1960," the statement notes.

Thus, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine denied reports by a number of Russian media that the painting in question had allegedly been taken away from the Feodosia art gallery.

"Currently, at least five paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky titled "Shipwreck" are known to be stored in the museums of Venice, St. Petersburg, Yerevan, including two paintings, dated 1843 and 1876, in the Feodosia art gallery," the ministry stressed.

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As noted, Kyiv is currently denied access to the funds of museums in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.
 
 
 
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