b08ed627696b987925d557ee5798cf9f_0539d1f7f3ef804162ca921f2dc85e8a2000x1144_quality99_o_19p65lrnhih6v2qr2j14hc1hkba Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Self-Portrait, 1980
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The sales total was $203 million, lower than the estimate total, but 84.5% of lots were sold.

Bacon's Three Studies for Self-Portrait, 1980, previously owned by Jacques Casier and his wife, sold for $46.9 million.

Lot-14-Bacon-Study-for-Pope-I Francis Bacon Study for a Pope I, 1961
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A great disappointment for Bacon on the night was the failure to find a buyer for Study for a Pope I, 1961. It had been estimated to fetch between $39-54 million.

warhol-dollar-bill-sothebys Andy Warhol hand-painted dollar bill, 1962
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Some of the star lots of the sale included Warhol's dollar bills. The total for the series was $53.5 million, including the $32.6 million sale of the only hand-painted bill, which had an estimate of $20-28 million. Larry Gagosian purchased the 20 dollar sign silkscreen for $10.8 million.

Lot-17-Richter-A-B-Brick-Tower Gerhard Richter, A.B Brick Tower, 1987
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After bad news for the Richter market at Christie's Contemporary sale the previous night, more blows came for the artist. Stadtbild M 6 failed to sell whilst Portrait Schmela, sold for $5 million, a figure less than its estimate. Hope was restored when A.B Brick Tower, 1987, sold in the middle of its $18-25 million estimate at $21 million.

Lot-6-Auerbach-Head-of-Gerda-Boehm Frank Auerbach, Head of Gerda Boehm, 1961
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Frank Auerbach's Head of Gerda Boehm, 1961 set a record for the artist. Dealers battled it out for the piece, with Chris Eykyn winning the work on paper for $3.4 million, an incredible price against the $390 000-545 000 estimate.

sdpSothebys Protestors outside Sotheby's
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Outside the sale, a storm was brewing as members of the union United Voice of the World (UVW) who represent the cleaning service Sotheby's has recently stopped using, gathered in protest.

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