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    20th christiesA strong total of £190,230,950 was achieved by Christie’s across seven sales from January 29 to February 12.  Registered bidders from 71 countries across six continents, gave a strong indication that a ‘globalisation’ of taste continues to drive the evolution of collecting today. The sell-through rate was 86% by value and 84% by lot. All of the top ten lots were sold at the Impressionist, Modern and Surreal evening sale which achieved a total of £117,788,500. The Post-War and Contemporary evening auction achieved £58,099,000. British painting led the results with three decades of work by Peter Doig, David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud making stand out results – the top six results were for British artists.

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