The 55 lots had a pre-sale estimate of £60.2-86.1 million and realised £69 million, a figure much lower than last February's record total of £123.5 million which was then smashed again in the June contemporary sale which totalled £130.4 million.

unspecified5 Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild (725-4) (1990),
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In last night's sale, four major lots were withdrawn, whilst 78.2% of lots included in the sale sold. Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild (725-4) (1990) which had an estimate of £14-20 million was one of the withdrawn lots. Two works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which had estimates of £6-8 million and £1-1.5 million, were also withdrawn.

Tauba Auerbach's work which has an estimate of £1-1.5 million did not sell last night, a surprise for the market as his folded paper works have in the past sold for around £1.45 million.

unspecified3 Alberto Burri, Sacco E Rosso, 1959
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Alberto Burri's Sacco E Rosso, 1959, which has an estimate of £9-12 million, set a record as it was sold in the sale room for £9.1 million.

Lucian Freud photographed in 2008 with Pregnant Girl Image via the Telegraph Lucian Freud photographed in 2008 with Pregnant Girl
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Lucian Freud's Pregnant Girl, which had an estimate of £7-10 million, caused much excitement on the phones between Russian and Asian bidders. After a bidding war, the piece sold for £16 million.

Lot-42-Ai-Weiwei-Dropping-a-Han-Dynasty-Urn-Estimate-150000-200 Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (executed 1995-2004)
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In 2008, one of a series of six photographs by Ai Weiwei, sold for £50 000. Last night, one of the photographs of Weiwei dropping a valuable Han dynasty urn, sold for £1.1 million.

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