Paintings, lists of guests, live classical music, beautifully dressed people, expensive perfumes, paddles and auction catalogues. People come to buy, to watch or to show off. Old businessmen, young businessmen, families, wives and lovers.
It's their tenth art auction and they have everything taken care of. Just a couple of hours before the auction no one from organisation is in stress and when the guests start pouring in, everyone gets some attention and a proper seat.
And then the show begins! I personally think it's worth taking a couple of days off and spend a couple of hundreds Euros for a plane ticket to see The Star of Viktor Ivanovich in action. He is dressed top style, looks gorgeous, talks like art is his lover (which is to some extent true), makes intelligent and funny remarks and gives ten thousand dollar smiles to the audience every once in a while (not too often). I suspect several women were bidding just to get his attention! Your heart beats faster when you listen to him naming the prices and mastering his hammer. It doesn't matter whether you're a man or a woman – he will blind you and heat you up disregarding your gender or age for he is The Star or even The Sun - bright and warm. I will seriously consider going to Kiev in September for the next auction! :)
Except for the three hours of "Sunshine" during the auction it was rather chilly (18 degrees) and rainy in Kiev. We have to leave the house at 6:00 tomorrow to be in time for registration and boarding. We will land one time zone further and 6 degrees colder in Moscow. This is where it gets tricky: I am not sure I will be able to blog every day in Moscow. So there might be a break of a couple of days.
Trivia: I prefer warm weather.