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Battle of the Canalettos and the winner costs £18.6m

By Christopher Proudlove ©

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The champagne corks popped at Christie’s when their Canaletto sold for a record-breaking £11.4 million but the celebrations moved to Bond Street when Sotheby’s Canaletto smashed that price and was knocked down for a cool £18.6 million. Nice work if you can get it, but as supply of such top end paintings dries up, the problem now is finding another blockbuster. Read the BBC online report of the sales here.

Tags: Auctions · Canaletto · Christie's · Sotheby's

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