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Lucio Fontana's Concetto Spaziale, Barocco sold for $870 625 against an estimate of $746 250-995000, followed by the ceramic piece Medusa, which fetched $522 375, against a high estimate of $497 500.

Next up a new record was set for Salvatore Scarpitta as Forager For Plankton sold for $2.24 million. The piece, which was estimated to sell for $1.24-1.87 million, smashed the artist's previous record of $1 065 335, which was set back in 2014.

Medardo Rosso's wax over plaster piece Enfant Juif, was snapped up by an online bidder for $118 150, to which Oliver Barker said: ''thank you, online.''

The Italian sale totalled $28 977 500 including buyer's premium, against an estimate of $24 520 738-34 771 363.

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 $192 780 hammer price against an estimate of $87 000-111 940.

It was Calder's mobile Two Legs and a Belly which arose much excitement as a telephone bidder exclaimed $497 500 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 $373 125-621 875 estimated work sold for $932 812.

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The first Richter of the night to cause something of a sensation was Abstracts Bild, selling for $2.98 million against an estimate of $1.24 -1.87 million, causing Barker to drop his gavel...accidentally.

Richter's 7 canvases Saulen sold for $3.11 million, estimated to sell for $2.24 - 3.11 million. The real Richter star was the 2 part canvas Garten which saw a battle on the phones. The room gasped as $9.95 million was called from the telephones, before the final figure of $11.19 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 $6.34 million against an estimate of $3.48-4.35 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 $11.57 million against a pre sale estimate of $4.35-5.6 million.

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