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Spring 2022

Cancel Culture: Russian edition

Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams have cancelled sales of Russian art in London, in compliance with the art market’s response to the sanctions imposed on Russia. The auction houses typically hold sales of Russian art in June and November in what is known as “Russian art week,” where wealthy Russians are often buyers– the London Russian art auction is also one of the most popular among the Russian oligarchs. The last Russian art auction held by Sotheby’s in London in November 2021 made a total of £17.7m, which is described as the higher total than that of all other auction houses holding Russian sales combined. The uncertainty of the war and complex logistical and legal requirements related to sanctions were cited as a few reasons for the auction houses to cancel the sales of Russian art in June.

UNESCO Statement

Through out the full-scale invasion of Ukraine UNESCO has been providing aid and raising awareness to the threats faced by cultural centers, heritge and human lives. Follow the measures offered and aid provided HERE.