Russian Billionaire Buys Entire Auction

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Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin, 1876-1942, The Hunt, 1929, oil on canvas.

Alisher Usmanov, the 18th richest man in Russia, is a mining and metals magnate and Arsenal Football Club investor.

Alisher Usmanov has just paid more than 20 Million Pounds for an art collection owned by late cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, days before it was due to be auctioned.
Sotheby’s has cancelled its London auction, where the items were due to be sold individually later this week. He wanted to preserve the collection in its entirety and also make sure that the collection remained in Russia.
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