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By Adrian Darmon
CHRISTIE'S JULY CLASSIC WEEK TOTALS OVER 72 MILLION GBP
Comprising a total of 14 live auctions and online sales, with works of art dating from antiquity to the 20th century, Christie's London Classic Week sales in July 2018 collectively realized £72,376,000. The top lot of the series was a gift from Louis XIV to his son, the Grand Dauphin, Hercules Overcoming Acheloüs, circa 1640-50 by Florentine sculptor Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686). The bronze sold in The Exceptional Sale 2018 for £6,758,750, setting a new world record price for the artist at auction.
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SALES HELD IN LONDON TOTALED 77.7 MILLION GBP
The sales conducted by Sotheby's in London during the first week of July 2018 totaled of £77.7 million, with strong results for Old Master and British paintings and drawings, decorative arts, sculptures and antiquities
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CHRISTIE'S SALE OF OLD MASTER AND BRITISH PAINTINGS ACHIEVES 31 MILLION GBP
The Old Masters & British Paintings Evening Sale held by Christie's in London on July 5 2018 totaled 31,18 million GBP with 45 lots sold Total: £31,187,000 / $41,229,214 / €35,241,310 74% sold by lot
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FINE RESULT FOR PHILLIPS IN LONDON
Phillips reached  its highest estimate for a June contemporary art sale in London with a total of more than 34 million GBP for 31 lots during its  sale of post-war and contemporary art held on June 27 2018.
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CHRISTIE'S SALE IN LONDON REVIVES THE ART MARKET
The Impressionist and Modern market has been on a kind of revival with Christie's sale of Impressionist and Modern art held in London on June 20,2018 which yielded 128.1 million GBP just near its high estimate, its second highest June sale in this domain since 2012.
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CHRISTIE'S SALE OF MODERN BRITISH ART YIELDED 26,38 MILLION GBP IN LONDON
Christie's sale of Modern British Art yieled 26.387 million GBP with 94% of the 48 lots sold marking a 30% rise over last year's total.
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SOTHEBY'S SALE OF IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART TOTALS A LOW FIGURE OF 87,5 MILLION GBP
Sotheby's sale of  Impressionist & Modern Art held in London  on June 19 2018 achieve a total of 87.5 million GBP with collectors demonstrating some  interest in a wide range of pieces spanning the entire field which saw Pablo Picasso's "Buste de Femme" (1932) reaching 27,3 million at ten times the 2,4 million it achieved at auction in 1997 but overall the sale was rather a disappointment.
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GERMAN RECORD FOR A MAX BECKMANN PAINTING IN BERLIN
The auction house Grisebach in Berlin sold on June 2 2018 a Max Beckmann painting for a premium-inclusive 5.5 million euros, the highest price ever paid for a painting at an auction in Germany.
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CHRISTIE'S ASIAN SALE ACHIEVES A TOTAL OF 7,49 MILLION EUROS IN PARIS
The Asian art sale organised at Christie's on June 13 2018 achieved a total of 7,497,000 euros selling 79% by lot and 90% by value.The top lot of the sale was a rare and important gilt-bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, which sold for 967,500 euros against a presale estimate of 300,000-500,000 euros.
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SOTHEBY'S SALES OF EUROPEAN ART AND MASTER PAINTINGS TOTAL 23.4 MILLION USD IN NEW YORK
Sotheby's sales of European art and master paintings held on May 22 in New York yielded 23.4 million USD with six William Bouguereau's works totaling 4.6 million.
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A 30 MILLION DOLLAR BOWL
An extremely rare Qing Dynasty bowl made for the Chinese emperor Kangxi fetched US$30.4 million (HK$239 million) at auction in Hong Kong on April 3, 2018, Sotheby's said. 
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CHRISTIE'S POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION FARED RELATIVELY WELL
Christie's post-war and contemporary art auction held in London on March 6, 2018 fared relatively well with 60 lots sold for 137,459,750 GBP and 22,621,250 GBP bid for Andy Warhol's "Six self-portraits" executed in 1986.
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FINE RESULTS FOR CHRISTIE'S IN 2017
Christie's announced total global sales increased 26% in 2017 to £5.1 billion ($6.6 billion, up 21%), led by the record breaking sale of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, selling for $450.3 million (£342.2 million) in November in New York. 
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OLD MASTERS FARED RATHER WELL IN LONDON
The Old Master Sales held during the first week of December 2017 in London totaled 58 million GBP altogether at Christie's, Sotheby's and Bonhams showing there was renewed interest in these paintings.
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FINE RESULTS AT KETTERER
With total proceeds of around € 25 million and a sales quota of up to 85% by lots, the autumn auction at Ketterer Kunst in Munich realized a solid result with a work by Ernst Wilhelm Nay providing ecstasy in the saleroom. 
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CHRISTIE'S FARED WELL IN PARIS IN 2017
Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales in 2017 achieved a combined annual total of €96,553,150 the highest realized in France to date with the December Evening and Day auctions totalling €21,447,000 
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OVER 479 MILLION USD FOR CHRISTIE'S SALE OF IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART
Christie's evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art at Rockefeller Center on November 13, 2017 realized $479.3 million, a total that far exceeded the overall presale estimate of $360 million.
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WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR A MAN RAY PHOTOGRAPH
 

Christie's France realized nearly 5 million euros for its Photographs auctions on Thursday 9 November, 2017 with the highly anticipated masterpiece by Man Ray sold at a world record price of 2, 688, 750 euros to an anonymous telephone bidder after a long bidding battle between 4 clients on the phone and 3 clients present in the room


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CHRISTIE'S SALES HELD DURING FIAC YIELD OVER 88 MILLION EUROS
 

Christie's second edition of 20th Century sales week, held during FIAC, was a celebration of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art and demonstrated a strong position in Paris, realizing a combined total of €88,5M. The week started on a high point with the sale of Grande Femme II by Alberto Giacometti which sold for an impressive €25 millionin the curated Paris Avant-Garde sale which totaled €38,66 million. The Modern art auction followed the next day with 73 lots sold for a strong €10,3 million. The exceptional Prat collection closed this flagship week of sales with the remarkable Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting which sold for €15 million bringing the grand total for this collection to €39,554,613 selling 91,5% by lot and 98% by value.  Christie's Global President, Jussi Pylkkänen, selling the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting for €15M, becoming the most expensive painting sold in France in 201


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A RECORD WEEK FOR CHRISTIE'S

Christie's Frieze Week auctions in London concluded on Saturday 7 October with a record breaking total of £179,609,250, the highest figure ever achieved for a week of Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions in Europe.

The highest figure for an evening of PostWar and Contemporary Art in Europe was reached at Christie's on Friday 6 October, which achieved £134,076,500. Records were set across the week with 17 artist records, including some of the most celebrated and sought-after names in contemporary art including Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Howard Hodgkin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Hurvin Anderson. 


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