Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid

Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid are Russian contemporary artists. Together they started to create the Sots Art movement in 1967. They immigrated to New York in 1978 and worked together till 2000. In 1979 Artisitc duo started an Art project that bought and sold souls of famous artists at auction. Komar and Melamid produced a series of paintings, Nostalgic Social Realism, a Russian version of pop art which satirized Soviet Socialist Realism. Their artworks are included in the collections of MoMa, the Guggenheim museum, the Metropolitan museum and Louvre.

Born: 1943, 1945

Price record: Meeting Between Solzhenitsyn and Böll at Rostropovich’s Country House from Sots Art Series. Oil, gold foil and paper collage on canvas.

Date of selling: 23.04.2010

Price (GBP): 657 250

Average price: (GBP): 75 350

Meeting Between Solzhenitsyn and Böll at Rostropovich's Country House from Sots Art Series, 1972. Oil, gold foil and paper collage on canvas, 175 x 120 cm. Sold for £ 657 250

Meeting Between Solzhenitsyn and Böll at Rostropovich’s Country House from Sots Art Series, 1972. Oil, gold foil and paper collage on canvas, 175 x 120 cm. Sold for £ 657 250

Still life with Marx and Engels, 1982. Oil on canvas, 182,9 x 137,2 sm. Sold for  $ 132 000

Still life with Marx and Engels, 1982. Oil on canvas, 182,9 x 137,2 sm. Sold for $ 132 000

The red flag, 1983. Oil and tempera on canvas,  228,3 х 163 sm. Sold for £ 349 250

The red flag, 1983. Oil and tempera on canvas, 228,3 х 163 sm. Sold for £ 349 250