Christie’s and Sotheby’s were nearly neck and neck this month with their dueling contemporary-postwar and Impressionist-modern art sales in London. Christie’s pulled ahead when it came to newer work, bringing in $128 million to Sotheby’s $116 million at the contemporary auctions, and it stole the show overall thanks to its $213 million Impressionist and modern sale, while Sotheby's did a smaller, but still hefty $191 million.
As is often the case, a few banner paintings were responsible for boosting these totals into the stratosphere. Who were the top earners? Some names aren’t hard to guess: Picasso ranked in at number one while Richter and Monet both have double billings. See the full list in this slideshow.