Sotheby's and Christie's Place Their Russian Bets
At Christie's, look for Konstantin Egorovic Makovskij to cause a stir. According to Artprice, his index gained 853 percent from 1999 to 2009 before losing 72 percent in the art market bust. "In from a stroll" has a presale estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. Makovskij hasn't had a sale above $200,000 since November 2008.
While there's obviously some excitement over the coming Russian sales, it shouldn't be confused with the market enjoyed from 2005 to 2008, when seven-figure values weren't unusual. Moving carefully, Sotheby's and Christie's are offering many works with estimates below $400,000.