The first edition of the collection of Nikolai Gogol’s “Evenings on a farm near Dikanka” was sold at auction auction house Christie’s in London for 175 thousand pounds (about 5,56 million hryvnia).
The edition was sold in the auction called “the Golden age of Russian literature.” Just put up for sale more than 120 rare printed works from a private European collection, including works by Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Krylov, Griboyedov, and, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to the UNN.
Sold at auction the edition of the works of Gogol in 1831, the first edition of the author, which saw the General public. Christie’s notes that all available copies of his first unsuccessful work “HANZ Kuchelgarten” Gogol bought and burned. A full copy of the “Evenings on a farm near Dikanka” in two volumes has appeared at auction only twice. One of the previous owners of the edition — the princes Vorontsov, which is evidenced by a book printed on monogram.
This edition of “Evenings on a farm near Dikanka” was sold for 175 thousand pounds, which is twice the appraised value.
Total revenue for the collection, according to the auction house, was 2.2 million pounds (about 70 million).
The most expensive lot was a first edition of the novel by Alexander Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin,” for which Christie’s received 467,2 thousand pounds (almost 15 million).