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Belarus-Born Marc Chagall’s Painting Sold At Auction For $157,000

Marc Chagall was an artist of Belarusian Jewish origin born near the city of Vitebsk. He was one of the most influential modernist painters. Now, this is a universally recognized fact, an axiom. In the eighties and nineties, this was not obvious to everyone and his work which often sells for millions of dollars was banned in Belarus.

The authenticity of the 1926 masterpiece was confirmed by a certificate of the Committee of Marc Chagall. Initially, the painting was priced at 1 ruble ($0.016) with pre-bets before the auction.

The first owner of the Bell Tower in Chambon-sur-Lac was Jean Negulesco, an artist, Hollywood screenwriter, film director and art collector. In 2009, the work was acquired by Leicester Galleries at Sotheby’s auction in New York, reports.