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An artwork billed as a 19th-Century “Continental School” painting and valued at just $500 to $800 broke free of that price range and raced to a final bid of $870,000 last year. The oil on board, Triple Portrait with Lady Fainting, was offered by Bloomfield, New Jersey auction house. In cases where experts are unsure they can support…

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Christie’s November postwar and contemporary art day sales in New York included over 300 lots of works by artists that included Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol and totaled just under $89 million. The same for Sotheby’s, whose November contemporary day sales totaled $98 million. What did it take to make it into the top 10 this year? Well, it certainly helped if the lot were ….

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