Most Expensive Russian Painting Sold for $12 Million at Bonham’s

Nicholas Roerich known as Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, enlightener, philosopher, and public figure.
Bonham’s  sold his masterpiece, Modonna Laboris, last wednesday for $12 million. Painted in 1931 this painting has become the most expensive Russian painting in history. Director of Russian Art at Bonham’s in New York, Yalena Harbrick, before the auction had anticipated this development, and she was right, because the picture really interested collectors worldwide. Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich's Modonna Laboris Anonymous telephone bidder has won the auction, and appropriated this masterpiece. Once known as a lost treasure, until it re-merged in a private collection in the US, this painting is a rare piece of art, and is one among the series of works depicting Great Female Deities of the World by Nikolai Roerich, which was once an obsession with the artist. The Madonna Laboris portrays the Virgin Mary inside the blue, glowing walls of heaven, letting down her scarf to help souls climb in. The painting is known for its “balanced and harmonious composition, rich and saturated tones of turquoise, cerulean blues, sea-foam greens with black and fiery-red accents”. Most expensive Russian painting auctions for $12 million at Bonham’s
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Aviatrix Amelia Earhart’s Goggles Fetch $17,775

1920s Luxor aviator goggles with a cracked left lens, worn by Amelia Earhart during her first plane crash in July 1921 in her Airster while learning to fly with instructor Neta Snook, have fetched $17,775 at an auction in Oakland, California.
An original, unpublished personal photo of Amelia Earhart dated 1937, along with goggles she was wearing during her first plane crash The goggles previously were owned by Barbara Englehardt, a Contra Costa County resident who got them from a friend about 20 years ago. Englehardt said her friend bought the goggles at an antique gun show although she did not know for how much. Earhart gave the goggles to her flying instructor, Neta Snook Southern, who told Englehardt that she gave them to a friend, according to Englehardt. In addition to the goggles, 24 photographs were auctioned by Clars Auction Gallery, for a total of $13,509.The photographs include shots of Earhart at a barbershop and making other preparations for the round-the-world flight, as well as her plane taking off on March 17, 1937. That was one of two attempts Earhart made that year to circumnavigate the globe. Her plane would disappear in the Pacific during the second attempt a few months later. She was declared dead in 1939.
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart