In this sculpture, "The Painter," the man Konovalenko hired to paint his Leningrad apartment in the 1960s admires his work. But when Konovalenko returned home he found the painter drunk on vodka and white paint splattered everywhere.

Photos: Irreplaceable Russian gem collection on display in Denver

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science celebrates the 30th anniversary of the master gem carvings.

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(Photo: Courtesy of Rick Wicker, Denver Museum of Nature & Science)

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