Andrei Tarkovsky archive crushes estimate by 1,397% at Sotheby's



2015-06-26 13:04:19

Andrei Tarkovsky archive crushes estimate by 1,397% at Sotheby's

Superb results were achieved for the Andrei Tarkovsky archive, which is set to return to Russia

Sotheby'shas seenexcellent results for an important archiverelating to the work ofdirector Andrei Tarkovsky, which was soldin London yesterday (November 28).

Andrei Tarkovsky film archive auction Tarkovsky's surreal films were banned in the Soviet Union

The archive will return to Russia after a fierce bidding war that pushed it far past its 100,000 high estimate, achieving a 1,397% increase. It sold for 1.4m ($2.3m), as the only collection of Tarkovsky's work to ever have appeared at auction.

The sale came amid London's Russian art week, which has already seen some excellent prices achieved at the top international auction houses. Visit our Art & Photography news section for more.

Tarkovsky (1932-1986) is considered the most important Russian filmmaker of the 20th century, next to Sergei Eisenstein (Battleship Potemkin). He is noted for his surreal productions that, according to Sotheby's, "marked a turning point in the history of world cinematography".

The British Film Institute included three of his works in its 50 greatest films list, and the Guardian newspaper named his Andrei Rublev the best arthouse film of all time.

Containing the filmmaker's theoretical writings, letters and photographs, the archive spanned Tarkovsky's career from 1967-1986. Consigned by Olga Surkova - his pupil and co-author of the book Sculpting in Time - it sheds new light on his working processes and includes autographed drafts of several chapters from theseminal work.

One of the most intruiguing items is a letter that Tarkovsky sent to President Leonid Brezhev, arguing his right to work within the Soviet Union.The letter had no effect and Tarkovsky left Russia in 1984 with his films banned under the Communist government. He died in Paris in 1986.

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