Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Rising Market for Russian Icons

Fueled by religious patriotism and encouraged by both the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church, Russia's tycoons are reclaiming masterpieces that were scattered worldwide by the chaos of the Russian Revolution, the flight into exile of those opposed to the Communists, and the illegal export of art, which continued into the 1990s.

Russians are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to reacquire all kinds of Russian art, not just icons. To help the process, the government has eliminated customs duties on the import of art.

- Washington Post, February 17, 2008

Whatever the reasons are for buying them, these spiritual treasures are returning home.

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Blogger Francis said...

If I find any of these items at a decent price, I'm keeping them in the States!

Thu Apr 10, 06:30:00 am 2008  
Blogger Constantine said...

If you donate them to Russia, I'm sure you'll get a medal or something.

Thu Apr 10, 06:32:00 am 2008  
Blogger Francis said...

Oh, what's it made of? Maybe I could sell it...

Thu Apr 10, 06:35:00 am 2008  

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