Record Total for a Multi-Provenance 20th Century Decorative Arts Sale at Sotheby’s

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PARIS.- The first sale of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Contemporary Design, held as part of Sotheby’s new corporate strategy to make Paris its European venue for sales in this field, proved a great success, totalling €4.75m ($6.64m) with 85% of lots sold by value. Cécile Verdier, European Head of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design, said: “The success obtained this evening justifies our decision to make Paris the European venue for Decorative Arts and Design. Our aim to mount a sale covering a vast spectrum of international styles, from Art Nouveau down to Contemporary Design via Greek-inspired American furniture of the 1970s, appealed to private collectors from around the world, and they competed fiercely for the 160 lots in the sale.” Early 20th century items enjoyed great success, with world record prices for works by Antoni Gaudí and Archibald Knox. The two-seat bench by Spain’s Art Nouveau maestro (c.189