Bringing the Hammer Down

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Alberto Giacometti “Chariot,” 1950-52 Estimate: $100,000,000 + Final Selling Price: $100,965,000

The historic results from Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on Nov. 4 brought in the highest total for a single auction in the company’s 270-year history: more than $422 million. Participants in the sales came from over 40 countries, with the highest number of winning bidders from the United States, Europe and Asia. However, the record owed a lot to the sale of three single works, by Giacometti, Modigliani and Van Gogh.

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