72% of lots were sold in London last night, with Picasso's Tete de Femme, 1935 taking the top spot. The piece was estimated to sell between £16-20 million ($23.4 - 29.2 million) and was bought by a telephone bidder for £18.9 million ($27.6 million.)

unspecified2 Pablo Picasso, Tete de Femme, 1935
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Henri Matisse, La leçon de piano, 1923 Image via Sotheby's Henri Matisse, La leçon de piano, 1923
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Matisse's La Leçon de Piano did not have such a good night, as it sold for £10.8 million ($15.8 million) against an estimate of £12-18 million ($17.5 - 26.3 million.)

In 2007, Rodin's Iris, Messagere des Dieux sold for a record-setting price of £4 million ($5.8 million.) At Sotheby's last night, it was estimated to sell for £6-8 million ($8.8-11.7 million) and sold in the room to Norwegian dealer Ben Frija for £11.6 million ($17 million.)

Auguste Rodin, Iris, Messagère des dieux , cast between 1902-5 Image via Sotheby's Auguste Rodin, Iris, Messagère des dieux , cast between 1902-5
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It was the Surrealist section which proved most fruitful, with 13 out of the 16 lots selling, totalling £14.9 million ($21.8 million) a healthy figure against a £11.9-16.5 million ($17.4-24.1 million) estimate.

Paul Delvaux, Le Miroir, 1936 Image via the Telegraph Paul Delvaux, Le Miroir, 1936
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A record was set for Paul Delvaux as his work Le Miroir, 1936, sold to a telephone bidder for £7.3 million ($10.7 million.)

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