Exceptional Works of Art from Africa and Oceania Set Records at Sotheby’s

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PARIS.- After a hugely popular four-day viewing – attended by 1300 people – today’s sale of exceptional works of art from Africa and Oceania attracted a packed saleroom throughout, with ferocious competition between telephone bidders and collectors in the saleroom. The sale total of over €5 million ($7.9 million) represented a selling-rate of 83% by value. Most of the top prices were paid by private collectors and connoisseurs, predominantly European or American, all seeking exceptional items in a variety of specialized fields.