There was a 2% increase on the total of lots sold compared to last year's sale, as 49 out of the 64 strong catalogue sold.

blog Van Gogh's L'Allée des Alyscamps
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In a surprising move, Van Gogh's L'Allée des Alyscamps was purchased by a bidder in the room, and not via a telephone bid as is usually the case in the selling of such important pieces.

blog (1) Monet's Nymphéas
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Monet's Nymphéas was purchased for the second highest price at $54 million against a $45 million pre-sale estimate. Sotheby's co-chair of the Old Master department, George Wachter successfully purchased the piece after a bidding frenzy with five bidders.

blog (2) Monet's Le Palais ducal
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Le Palais ducal, by Monet sold for an impressive $20 million, again selling above its $17 million estimate. La Seine a Vétheuil went on to be bought for $11.5 million, $8 million over the pre-sale estimate.

blog (3) Alberto Giacometti, Femme de Venise
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Alberto Giacometti's Femme de Venise sold for $16.2 million with a bid via Grégoire Billault, the head of the Contemporary Art evening sale.

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