First Charity Street Art Auction
15.04.2015 - 15.04.2015
On April 15th, the first charity street art auction organized by Ruarts Fund was held in Optics pavilion of the VDNKh. The auction was a part of the #project64 exhibition, a temporary display of participating works of the Artmossphere First Street Art Biennale. The event was successful with over 40% of works being sold. The main highlight of the night was the selling of the top lot—“World made of plastics has won”—by Pasha183 into a private collection for €16,900!
Street Art Auction is a unique event for Russian art market, which sparked interest among the buyers. Popular TV anchors, journalists, businessmen, collectors, and curators could be spotted among the visitors.
Russian artists were of particular interest to the public: the highlight of the night was the selling of Pasha183’s canvas painting. Besides, works by Stas Dobryi appeared to be quite popular; Andrey Vedro and Dmitriy Aske’s works were all sold out; the “The Long Tomorrow” painting tripled in price during the auction. A couple of works by foreign artists—3ttman, SatOne, Jan Kalab, 1010—were also purchased.

“Being pioneers of the first ever street art auction in Russia, we realized what responsibility it was; the potential is huge, however there is no market yet. Now, as we entered into the post auction sales period, it is safe to say that the experiment was successful. We have yet a lot to learn from Los Angeles and London auctions, where the artists are in high demand among the collectors. In fall of 2016 Artmossphere will hold the Second Street Art Biennale in Moscow, accompanied by the auction. We hope that by that time, apart from popular foreign artists, we’ll see the rise of our own young artists. As promised, after the exhibition #project64 together with Ruarts Foundation will introduce a scholarship for Russian street artists,” says Sabina Chagina, Artmossphere curator.
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