Late in the morning of Thursday April 26th (I will remember this minute and second till the end of my life) it was all over in the news and in the newspapers; Bryna called me in tears: the sale was cancelled.
My petition was closed at the end of April with a one-word comment - Victory. Being just an ‘ordinary’ person I did not know how things would go after and if there was any penalty to be paid to Christie’s for the lost deal. However, I felt responsible to ensure that our Chagall is removed from their online catalogue. It happened just a day before the actual auction date (May 15) and later on I learned about a Canadian philanthropist and millionaire who allegedly contributed $1.1M to buy out The Eiffel Tower. As if it were his fault that somebody at the NGA decided to get rid of one of our national assets. I’m so grateful to this person, though he probably does not even know who the real troublemaker is in this case.