Sotheby’s auction house said it will proceed with the planned sale of the “Evening in Cairo” by the celebrated Russian seascape artist Ivan Aivazovsky. Moscow had earlier said the masterpiece was stolen from a private collection in 1997.

The Russian branch of Interpol urged British police to assist it in blocking the auction, but Sotheby’s insisted it had tracked no record of the painting in databases of stolen art, including one distributed by Russia’s Culture Ministry. According to the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Elena Alekseeva, the painting was stolen from a private collection in the Russian capital.

Praised for his technique to capture sunsets and moonlight, Aivazovsky created his “Evening in Cairo” in 1870. The sought-after painting is due to be sold in London next week, with a pre-sale price estimate of 1.5-2 million pounds ($2-$3 million).

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