Auction of Soviet art triggers investigation

Moscow • The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow’s art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels. The sale of the paintings, one of which now has a place of pride in a Moscow oligarch’s private museum, has triggered a criminal investigation. There also has been a push to re-nationalize the collection that once belonged to a Soviet artists’ trade union. The dispute has also made it muc...

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