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The figure, although just short of the $17.23 million (£14 million) low estimate, was $6.15 million higher than any previous price paid for the artist. Check out more realized prices for Magritte here.

The Surreal sale achieved the best of its kind at Christie's, with Monday's sale being the 16th edition, totalling $52.43 million (£42.6 million) with fees, and 91% of lots selling.

René Magritte, La Corde Sensible, 1960Image: Christie's René Magritte, La Corde Sensible, 1960
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Meanwhile, The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale realised $116 062 394 (£94 306 000) inclusive of buyer's premium with 92% of lots selling.

Paul Gauguin's Te Fare (La Maison), from 1892 after the artist made his first trip to the island of Tahiti, sold for $25 013 977 (£20 325 000) against an estimate of $22.15 million (£18 million.) Check out more realized prices for Gauguin here.