LONDON, March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) 8 & 9 March 2017 sales of Contemporary Art in London achieved a total of $164,006,311 (£134,680,875), exceeding pre-sale expectations ($110.9-154.7 million/£91.1-127 million). The results represent a 32.4% increase in Dollars and a 57.3% increase in Pounds on the same sales one year ago.
"We are thrilled with the outstanding performance of our Contemporary Evening and Contemporary Day Sales in London," said Tad Smith, Sotheby's President & CEO. "Both sales in the last two days showed that the market is strong and Sotheby's performance for clients and shareholders was excellent."
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*Estimates do not include buyer's premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer's premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.
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