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The undisputed star of the auction was J.M.W Turner’s Ehrenbreitstein which sold for $24 million (£18.5 million.) This is the highest price paid for an Old Master Painting at Sotheby’s London since the sale of the artist's Rome, From Mount Aventine for a record £30 322 500 in 2014.  One of only six major works by the artist left in private hands, it is a painting that looks forward to the likes of Monet and Rothko and others working today.

One of the largest auctions of its kind, comprising nearly 70 lots, the auction was 85.3% sold by lot, the highest-ever sell-through-rate for any Old Masters auction held at Sotheby’s in London, and the second consecutive sale of its kind  to achieve a sell-through rate of over 80%.

Today, the Old Master's Day auction will take place.