The sale which saw 54 lots out of the 61 buyers, had a pre-sale estimate of £50-£74 million, considerably less than last year's estimate of £93 -£133 million.

Peter-Doig-The-Architects-Home-in-the-Ravine- Peter Doig, The Architect's Home in the Ravine, 1991
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However, new records were set at auction for Joseph Beuys and Robert Mangold, whilst British artists also came up trumps. Peter Doig's The Architect's Home in the Ravine sold for £11.3 million last night to a telephone bidder from Asia, an impressive figure against the last time it was at auction in 2013 when it sold for £7.66 million.

David Hockney, Beach Umbrella, 1971 Image via Christie's David Hockney, Beach Umbrella, 1971
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Beach Umbrella, 1971, by David Hockney, doubled its estimate as the hammer went down at £3.1 million when it sold to a member of the Gagosian Gallery staff.

Lucian Freud proved popular in last night's auction at Christie's as his work had done earlier in the week at Sotheby's. Portraits of his daughters Esther and Ib both sold to the same bidder on the phone, with the portrait of Esther selling for £4.8 million, a figure above its estimate.

Lucian Freud, Head of Esther, 1982-1983 Image via Christie's Lucian Freud, Head of Esther, 1982-1983
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Francis Bacon's Two Figures, 1975, a vertical canvas which Bacon created by cutting down the original, was always going to be a risky piece at auction. It came from the collection of Bacon's biographer Michael Peppiatt and after some bidding competition, it sold to an Asian buyer in the room for £5.5 million, a number below its low estimate.

American minimalist Robert Mangold's work sold for £746 500, a new record for the artist. A record was also set for Joseph Beuys' blackboard work from a performance of Documenta 5, 1972,which was battled for by dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and a telephone bidder. The phone bidder won with a record price of £854 500.

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