Wassily Kandinsky’s painting “Church at Murnau” was sold at Sotheby’s in London. The cost of the lot was 37.2 million pounds (about 44.6 million dollars). This is a new auction record for the artist, according to Sotheby’s official website. The name of the new owner is unknown.
The “Church in Murnau” was founded in 1910. At this time, Kandinsky began to move from the figurative to the abstract. The work was included in a series dedicated to the landscapes of the German town of Murnau. In it, the artist lived at the beginning of the 20th century with his companion and muse Gabrielle Münter.
Murnau Church was recently returned by the Dutch Van Abbe Museum to the descendants of a Jewish family from which it was taken during World War II. The painting originally belonged to Johanna Margaret Stern-Lippmann, who fled from Berlin to Amsterdam from the Nazis. In 2017, another Kandinsky canvas, dedicated to Murnau’s landscapes, sold for $26.6 million.
It was previously learned that the auction house Sotheby’s is selling the iconic Air Jordan sneakers worn by American basketball player Michael Jordan. Called The Dynasty Collection, the set includes six pairs of Nike Air Jordans worn by Jordan during six championship games with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.