Sotheby’s Evill/Frost Sale Closes with Final Total of :£42,484,639 /$69,343,051

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LONDON.- Sotheby’s London, on June 16th, 2011, the final session of Sotheby’s three-part Single-Owner Sale of the greatest collection of 20th-Century British ever to come to the market, The Evill/Frost Collection, closed with a final combined total of £42,484,639 /$69,343,051*, by far exceeding the pre-sale high estimate for the sale series of £19 million. The top lot of the sale series, with no fewer than five bidders vying for the painting, was Stanley Spencer’s Sunflower and Dog Worship, which sold for £5,417,250 / $8,852,870 (pre-sale estimate: £1-1.5 million**), achieving a new record for the artist at auction. With many of the works selling for multiples of their pre-sale estimates, the sale saw a total of eleven records set for artists at auction, in addition to the highest price for a work on paper by Lucian Freud. The entire sale series was 100% sold by lot and 100% sold by value. Speaking about the sa