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Lucio Fontana's Concetto Spaziale, Barocco sold for £700 000 against an estimate of £600 000-800 000, followed by the ceramic piece Medusa, which fetched £420 000, against a high estimate of £400 000.

Next up a new record was set for Salvatore Scarpitta as Forager For Plankton sold for £1.8 million. The piece, which was estimated to sell for £1-1.5 million, smashed the artist's previous record of £856 550, which was set back in 2014.

Medardo Rosso's wax over plaster piece Enfant Juif, was snapped up by an online bidder for £95 000, to which Oliver Barker said: ''thank you, online.''

The Italian sale totalled £23 298 500 including buyer's premium, against an estimate of £19 73 500- 27 98 500.

Then it was the turn of the 28 lot Contemporary sale, beginning with an untitled work by Michael Krebber, which kicked the sale off to a healthy start with a £155 000 hammer price against an estimate of £70 000-90 000.

It was Calder's mobile Two Legs and a Belly which arose much excitement as a telephone bidder exclaimed £400 000 early on in the bidding, to which Barker responded '' no chance of anyone being asleep at Sotheby's on a Friday night.'' After a battle between the phones and the rooms, the £300 000-500 000 estimated work sold for £750 000.

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The first Richter of the night to cause something of a sensation was Abstracts Bild, selling for £2.4 million against an estimate of £1 -1.5 million, causing Barker to drop his gavel...accidentally.

Richter's 7 canvases Saulen sold for £2.5 million, estimated to sell for £1.8 - 2.5 million. The real Richter star was the 2 part canvas Garten which saw a battle on the phones. The room gasped as £8 million was called from the telephones, before the final figure of £9 million was met with applause. Barker made the rather tongue-in-cheek comment to the presumably disappointed phone bidder: ''there are more Richter's coming up in November.''

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Doig's Grasshopper was met with a more modest round of applause as it sold for £5.1 million against an estimate of £2.8-3.5 million.

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It was Jean-Michel Basquiat's Hannibal which had the room on the edge of their seats as it sold for a staggering £9.3 million against a pre sale estimate of £3.5-4.5 million.

Other interesting sales included a a Baselitz piece which sold for £480 000 against a high estimate of £450 000 and Seth Price's vacuumed piece which sold for £230 000 against a high estimate of £200 000. Anish Kapoor's blue fibreglass piece Void, which was estimated to sell for £450 000- 650 000, remained unsold.

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