Pirosmani sold at Sotheby's for 500 000 pounds
Another work of Georgian self-taught artist Niko Pirosmani was sold at London's Sotheby's. As the GHN reported, the painting "A fawn at the river bank" was sold for 500 000 pounds. This painting was kept in a private collection of Gedevanishvilis from 1930s.
The name of the new owner of the picture was not disclosed.
Earlier, the Georgian side once stated that Pirosmani's paintings are much more expensive than the amounts that are paid today by the new owners of the masterpieces of Pirosmani.
Recall, in mid-October this year, the Tbilisi City Court convicted five citizens of Georgia, who tried to illegally take the canvas by Pirosmani "Kakheti wine" out of the country. Figurants of the case were sentenced to various prison terms.
As the press service of the court explained in an interview, Gaioz Javakhishvili, David Zirakashvili, Alexander Purtshvanidze, Gela Sanikidze and Zurab Datukishvili tried to take out the picture to Russia through Azerbaijan and sell it for half a million dollars. They were accused of trying to transport of an object of cultural heritage across the border in violation of the law. In the course of the investigation the accused men concluded procedural deal, under which their punishment was mitigated, explained in court.
As a result, the court sentenced Javakhishvili Zirakashvili and Purtshvanidze to five years of probation with a trial period of six years. Javakhishvili was also seized the picture by Pirosmani in favor of the state.
Sanikidze was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison. He will spend one and a half years in prison, the rest term he will serve on probation with a trial period of six years.
Datukishvili was sentenced to six years. He will spend a year in prison - the rest of the time - on probation.
It is worth recalling that at the moment the picture Niko Pirosmani "Kakheti wine" is in the National Art Museum of Georgia. It is made on the metal.