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Andy Warhol, 20 Pink Maos, 1979

Twenty Pink Maos from Warhol's 1979 reversal series sold for $5.97 million to a phone bidder. Warhol said during the late 1970s: "I have been reading so much about China...The only picture they ever have is of Mao Zedong. It's great. It looks like a silkscreen."  Warhol began creating paintings of Mao in 1972 using a widely circulated photograph from the Little Red Book, a pocketsized index of quotations, thoughts and citations from Chairman Mao. Following President Nixon's trip to China in 1972, Mao's image had reached an unprecedented level of international exposure.

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Mark Bradford, Rat Catcher of Hamelin 111, 2011

Bradford's 10 foot square mixed media collage was bought by London dealer Inigo Philbrick for $4.7 million, against a $1.9- $2.54 million estimate that was backed by a third party guarantee.

L.A. artist Bradford works parts of his daily life into his canvases: found posters and billboards and other items such as hairdresser's permanent endpapers he has collected from his other profession as a stylist.

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Bridget Riley, KA 2, 1980

Riley's oil on linen sold for a handsome $371 880 against an estimate of $317 300 - 444 230. The 1980 work was a return to oil painting for Riley, with the works from the RA and KA series inspired by Riley's trips to Egypt and the colours she saw at the tombs of the later Pharoahs in the Valley of the Kings.

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Damien Hirst, Untitled #2 (Spot Painting) 1992

Fetching $646 000, just above the high end of the $380 770-63 960 estimate, Hirst's early spot painting had previously sold at Phillips in 2013 for $458 500. This was surely a nail-biting sale for Phillips chairman Edward Dolman, who took the reigns in July 2014.

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Antony Gormley, Mountain and Sea, 1987-88

Gormley's emotional Mountain and Sea sculpture, which portrays to figures locked in an embrace. With one figure representing the mountains and the other the sea, with its arms locked around the mountain, Gormley describes the piece as a 'casing of a body holding a casing,' an elemental metaphor of 'a sculptural evocation of the pathetic fallacy; the poetic notion that human emotion can best be described in the relations between the elements.'

The sculpture sold for $507 000 against an estimate of $253 290 - $379 940.

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