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Giacometti record set at $18.5m
L'homme qui chavire by Giacometti
This piece depicts a drowning man
A work by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti has sold for $18.5m (9.3m) at a sale in New York, breaking the record for the artist.

The bronze, L'homme qui chavire, which depicts a drowning man, broke the previous auction record for the sculptor of $14.3m (7.2m).

A 1915 still life by Spanish cubist Juan Gris also went for $18.5m.

Le pot de geranium more than doubled the artist's previous auction record, which stood at $8.5m.

The record for Spanish surrealist Joan Miro was shattered with the sale of 1981 piece Projet pour un monument for $9.8m, which was almost twice its auction estimate.

Other highlights at the Christie's sale included a neo-classical portrait by Pablo Picasso, Tete et main de femme, and neo-impressionist Paul Signac's Arriere du Tub.

The artworks went for $18.5m and $11.6m respectively.


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