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Pissarro to Van Gogh Boost Sotheby’s $267 Million Auction

A restituted Pissarro painting, a Van Gogh canvas and prominent dealer’s collection fueled Sotheby’s record auction in London yesterday as collectors from 44 countries competed for Impressionist, modern and Surrealist art.

The evening sale tallied 163.5 million pounds ($266.8 million), up 57 percent from a year ago and surpassing its high presale estimate of 128.4 million pounds. Of 89 offered lots, 10 failed to find buyers, Sotheby’s said.