The international auction house Sotheby's said today it would proceed with the auction in
next week of a painting by a famous Russian artist that the Russian authorities
have said was stolen. London
Ivan Aivazovsky, who lived between 1817 and 1900, was a prominent Russian-Armenian artist of the Romantic school noted for his landscapes and seascapes.
Sotheby's said today that the Nosenkos were the family who claimed the painting was stolen.