Although the $377 million sales total reached just above the lower end of the $374.8 million  - $526.5 million estimate, the saleroom saw some market favorites fall short.

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise sur une chaise, 1938, oil on canvas. Image via Sotheby's. Pablo Picasso, Femme assise sur une chaise, 1938, oil on canvas
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Picasso's Femme assise sur une chaise, 1938, failed to make its estimate of $25–35 million as it had a final hammer price of $17 million.

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXI (1976) Image via Sotheby's Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXI (1976)
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Willem de Kooning's Untitled XXI, 1976, which had the same estimate as the Picasso, fell short of the lower end of its estimate as it reached $24.9 million with buyers' premium.

Amedeo Modigliani, Paulette Jourdain (1919) Image via Sotheby's Amedeo Modigliani, Paulette Jourdain (1919)
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Away from these auction room blues, Amedeo Modigliani's Portrait de Paulette Jourdain, circa 1919, exceeded its $25–35 million estimate with a final price of $38 million.

Frank Stella, Delaware Crossing (1961) Image via Sotheby's Frank Stella, Delaware Crossing (1961)
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A record was set at Sotheby's for Frank Stella as Delaware Crossing, 1961, which had a low estimate of $8 million, went on to sell for $12 million, smashing the $6.6 million auction record set at Christie's last year.

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