This internal detail can tell a lot about its owner.
Collecting busts of celebrities who were once a fashion hobby in Western Europe is now less popular. Maybe the old idols have become boring, and there is not a worthwhile change yet. Despite this, a rare antique shop in the European capital did not have a small collection of Molière, Napoleon and other intellectual and spiritual giants.
In the Soviet Union, the bust of the Communist Party leader is a constant attribute of the command desk. Yes, it is necessary to be vigilant and promptly eliminate the image of shame among the leaders. For the bust of Trotsky that is not cleaned up in time, not only may he lose his position, but also his head.
“We have always had enough of these things in Almaty,” said antique dealer Mina Bakarasova. -Now the situation has reversed. A few years ago, friends were looking for a bust of Stalin as a gift. We did not find such a thing, we turned to our colleagues for help, but could not find one. Today, the market has been looted. Since we have been working in this field for a long time, we managed to stock up these artifacts once. However, the demand is there. People interested in our compatriots include Dzerzhinsky, Stalin, and cultural and political figures in Kazakhstan. People with some connection to law enforcement agencies are asking Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. It seems that it is already a different country, but it is strange that for many people, Dzerzhinsky is still the standard worker in the field.
The vast majority on our market are busts made during the Soviet era. Although sometimes imported from abroad. Once we had the chic Napoleon from 1830. A huge bronze bust, a real work of art. Despite its full personality, it has been sold for a long time and is very hard. Nicholas II quickly “abandoned” foreigners, and we cast his bust in Europe.
The price of the product is mainly affected by the material. Particularly expensive is bronze. The value of other alloys is much lower. They are lighter in weight and are more common in later versions. There are also many types of bronze: hollow and solid. The latter is copied by piece.
Unlike us, foreigners like to obtain Lenin’s images very much. The cheapest item costs about one hundred dollars. The ceilings that can be found in our market are about 1,500. But this is an exception. The main price range is 200-300 US dollars. I can say with certainty that they are not cheap. The subtle difference is that in flea markets, especially in the post-Soviet era, they can sometimes be very cheap to buy. Therefore, this is not only a stylish part of the interior, but also an investment. Of course, despite the risk of impersonating fakes, for example, fakes flood the Ukrainian market. In this profile, they have the entire artels. Because of the high flow of tourists, there is a demand. For ten years, everything has been remade endlessly. These are not Chinese, but local craftsmen. Of course they can import fakes from China here. They have successfully forged the same Stalin for a long time.
Dzhambul is very popular among Kazakhs. I often ask Chokan Valikhanov. He is loved by learned people. In general, busts of Kazakhs are rare, mainly from the Soviet period. The circulation is obviously very small. Modern ones are much less. In most cases, these are the personal orders of the sculptor. But those in the manufacturing plant have not encountered it now. It is a very expensive honor to just build the production of this product. Although over time, it may be put into production. ”
As it happens, figures who have not only made great contributions to the development of world culture, art and politics are very popular among collectors. The demand for the villain has always been high. Maybe it’s because their images are massively damaged. Nowadays, it is very rare to find the same bust of Mussolini. A few merchants often use this kind of bust, and they found these specimens.
The bronze bust is definitely an excellent decoration for a table or bookcase. The presence of these interiors reminds visitors of the owner’s profession, his beliefs and political opinions, and is unobtrusive. The durability of these products has attracted many people. Even if the bronze alloy is stored carelessly, it can survive more than one generation of owners.