The house fared better when the main, mixed-collector Imp/mod evening sale began. After an
hammered at £3.5 million ($4.6 million)—with fees, £4.2 million ($5.5 million)—nearly triple its high estimate of £1.2 million ($1.6 million), to head of evening sale Keith Gill, there was a six-lot suite of works from an anonymous collector who was selling the trove to establish a charitable foundation. London bidders did respond to this batch of works—all six sold, and in addition to the record-breaking £19.5 million Signac, there was a
that sold for a £14.5 million ($19.1 million) hammer to a woman in the room who beat out a handful of feisty specialists on the phone. With fees, the price came to £16.7 million ($22 million), good enough to break the previous Caillebotte record, set at Sotheby’s New York in November 2011.
The “Art of the Surreal” evening sale, which ended the night, extended the hot streak, successfully selling the £18.4 million Magritte, while only two lots failed to find buyers. The sale totalled £43.8 million ($57.8 million), well above the equivalent sale at Sotheby’s the night before, which grossed £13.8 million ($18 million).