Kandinsky masterpiece sells for record US$45 million

WASSILY Kandinsky’s masterpiece “Murnau Mit Kirche II”, recently recovered by the descendants of its owner, a German Jew killed by the Nazis, sold for US$45 million (RM202.05 million) yesterday, a record for the artist according to auctioneers Sotheby’s.  

The 1910 painting, a colourful vision of the German village of Murnau with its church spire stretched like the peaks of the Bavarian Alps, heralded the Russian master’s move towards abstraction.