Sunday, January 18, 2009

Putin painting fetches $1.37M

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has become his country's latest art star, with one of his paintings fetching the equivalent of $1.37 million Cdn.

The politician's rendering of a frost-rimmed window in a traditional log cabin was sold at a charity auction Saturday in his hometown of St. Petersburg.

Several works by other well-known Russians were also on the block to benefit three charities: a hospital, a church and a cancer clinic. None of the others came close to Putin's price.

Moscow gallery owner Natalya Kurnikova said she snapped the painting up because she figured it could be the first and last painting of its kind.

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