Art market

Dealer and critic head to head over Chubarov painting

Was the price forced up at Sotheby's sale?


St Petersburg

A public row between a Russian dealer and an art critic has broken out following the record-breaking sale of a Chubarov painting at Sotheby’s in London on 15 February. Untitled 1992, by Evgeny Chubarov, sold to a Russian buyer for £288,000 ($565,632). It was the sale’s top lot and went for almost five times its estimate. Art critic, Milena Orlova of the Moscow daily newspaper Kommersant, claims that Gary Tatintsian, a top Moscow art dealer, had forced the price up. Mr Tatintsian has adamantly denied these charges to The Art Newspaper.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Dealer and critic head to head over Chubarov'