As a self exile, he soon proved he can just conquer the world with his cello. From reportedly a cello, one dog, two suitcases and two children, the Russian couple amassed a huge collection of Russian art and antique within three decades. From art market stand point of view, Rostropovich strategic decision in speciality of collection with respect to the timing of both buying and selling is extremely successful. On the other hand, the couple, being deprived of the citizenship, he collected Russian antiques only because that’s how they felt they were rooted. The current collection, to some extent, is the materialized nostalgia of the great cellist.
The collection for the auction can be seen here.