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Christie’s Old Masters & 19th Century Sales Series Achieve $40,858,500

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York achieved a combined total of $40,858,500/£25,191,210/ €29,051,023 in two days of sales, including the two-part auction of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolors on Wednesday and a special private collection sale, A Cabinet of Curiosities: Selections from the Peter Tillou Collections on Thursday. The top lot of the sales, The entrance to the Turkish Garden Café by Louis Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) was acquired for the J. Paul Getty Museum. In announcing this important acquisition, Museum Director Michael Brand heralded the work as “one of Boilly’s greatest paintings, and a brilliant addition to the museum’s collection.” It sold for $4,562,500, setting a new world auction record for a work by the artist. Another auction record was