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Christie’s Sales Rise 9%, Boosted by Record Auction

Christie’s International’s first-half sales increased 9 percent, boosted by records set for Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the most expensive art auction ever held.

The London-based company sold 2.4 billion pounds ($3.6 billion) of art and antiques. Postwar and contemporary was the dominant category, raising 665.4 million pounds, up 16 percent on the equivalent period last year, Christie’s said today in an emailed statement.