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Alberto Giacometti's bronze sculpture fetches record £65m at Sotheby's

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London, Feb 4 (ANI): An Alberto Giacometti's bronze sculpture has been sold for record 65million pounds at an auction in London.

The Swiss sculptor's life-sized figure L'homme qui marche I (Walking Man I) fetched 65,001,250 pounds after just eight minutes of bidding at Sotheby's.

A Sotheby's spokeswoman said it was the highest for any work of art ever sold at auction.

The previous record was a Picasso painting, Boy with a Pipe, which was his haunting Rose Period portrait of a youngster called "Little Louis", who used to hang around his studio in Paris. It was sold for 58.5 million pounds in 2004.

"The competition which generated these exceptional results demonstrates the continued quest for quality that compels today's collectors," the Telegraph quoted Melanie Clore, Co-Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Sotheby's Worldwide, as saying.

Other highlight of the auction was Gustav Klimt's Kirche in Cassone, which went for 26,921,250 pounds.

It proved to be a record price for a Klimt landscape and the second highest auction bid for any work by the Austrian painter. (ANI)

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