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The autumn auctions kicked off at Sotheby’s in New York yesterday with the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale. Finishing with a record breaking total of $422.1 million, this was the highest sum Sotheby’s has ever reached in an auction.
Featuring a total of 73 works of art, sales were spearheaded by two sculptures.
Tête, a sculpture dating back to 1911 by Amedeo Modigliani, was auctioned off for $70.7 million. Meanwhile Giacometti’s Chariot (1951-1952) reached $101 million. The bronze sculpture “ranks among the definitive achievements of 20th century art” according to Sotheby’s. Opening at $80 million, it went on to meet estimations that the sculpture would sell for more than $100 million. This doesn’t fall far behind L’Homme qui Marche I which went for $104.3 million in 2010, the highest price ever paid for a piece of art by Giacometti. ‚Äč

Sculptures weren’t the only works of art on the agenda as Nature Morte, a still-life by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh depicting a vase of poppies and daisies, was bought by an Asian bidder for $61.8 million. This is the highest price a piece by Van Gogh has fetched since 1998.
Following Sotheby’s strong start, today will see Christie’s turn to host an evening auction of Impressionist and Modern art.
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