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    Grande Femme II by Alberto Giacometti

    Grande Femme II by Alberto Giacometti sold for 24.9 million to become the most expensive work of art sold so far this year in France at Christie’s in Paris. It was first conceived by Giacometti in 1960 when he was asked to realise a project for the Chase Manhattan Bank’s public plaza in New York.

    Christie’s FIAC week sales opened with the second edition of the Paris Avant-Garde auction .  It brought in 38.6 million with a sale of 27 lots to international buyers from 12 countries.

    Pierre Martin-Vivier of Christie’s said: We are thrilled with the very good results achieved tonight and especially for the new high for any work of art sold in France in 2017 with Grande Femme II and it was a great honor to be entrusted with the sale of this prestigious work of art”.

    The first edition of Facile by Paul Eluard and Man Ray made 823,500 , a new auction record for any 20th century French editioned book. Through the Dusk (Homage to the square) by Josef Albers sold for 631,500, three times its pre-sale estimate. A mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder  made 1,327,500.

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