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Russian Region Buys Tarkovsky Archive

Director Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of "Solaris" in 1971
Russia's Ivanovo regional government has paid $2.4 million for a collection of memorabilia related to film director Andrei Tarkovsky.

The collection was auctioned at Sotheby’s auction house in London on November 28.

It includes hundreds of letters, photographs, and recordings covering the last 20 years of Tarkovsky’s life.

It features the draft of a letter the director wrote to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev about restrictions placed in 1966 on his widely acclaimed film “Andrei Rublev.”

The Ivanovo government said the archive will go to the Tarkovsky memorial house museum in his native town of Yuryevets, northeast of Moscow.

Tarkovsky is considered one of Russia's greatest filmmakers.

He also directed respected films such as "Solaris" and "The Mirror."

In 1982, he left the Soviet Union and died in Paris three years later.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and