christies_1_6 Francis Bacon, Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer, 1967
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66 out of the 76 works of art were sold, reaching a figure which was in the middle of the £82.25-117 million pre-sale estimate.

Despite this number falling a little lower than last year's total, Francis Bacon's Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer, 1967 was one of the 24 lots which sold for over the million pound mark at £12 178 500, over the top end of the £8-12 million estimate.

The second Bacon, Two Men Working in a Field, was purchased by Russian dealer Gary Tatintsian for £10 722 500, which again reached over the top end of its £7-10 million estimate.

From the Lord and Lady Jacobs collection, Alexander Calder's Trois cercles, bleu, jaune, rouge (Three Circles, Blue, Yellow, Red) was purchased for £458 500.

Only one of the Gerhard Richter lots present in the sale sold. Seestuck (Oliv bewolkt) (Seascape with Olive Clouds) was purchased for £1 538 500.

Christie's chairman and international head of Post-War and Contemporary art commented on these darker works by Richter: ''Not where the market is strongest. New buyers prefer more decorative, more colorful works."

It was the YBAs, Jenny Saville, Damien Hirst, the Chapman brothers and Chris Ofili who shone on the night, with some breaking auction records for their artworks.

Saville's nude transvestite Matrix, 1999, sold for £782 500, a healthy figure against the £650-850 000 pre sale estimate. Jake and Dinos Chapman's Great Deeds Against the Dead, 1999 was sold to White Cube's Jay Jopling for a record-breaking price of £422 500

Beautiful mis-shapen purity clashing excitedly outwards painting, 1999 Damien Hirst's 144 inch work powered by a moter was purchased for £542,500.

1200x-1 Chris Ofili,The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996
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The most talked about sale from the night was the purchase of Turner prize-winning artist Chris Ofili. The Holy Virgin Mary sold for £2 882 500, smashing the £1.4-1.8 million estimate. In 1998 the artwork, which features elephant dung, resulted in a lawsuit between the mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Read more here.

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