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Nov 4, 2014 11:29 AM

Rare van Gogh, Giacometti offered at NYC auction

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) A rare piece of artwork painted by Vincent van Gogh weeks before his death has sold for $61.8 million at a New York auction of big-ticket impressionist and modern art.

The 1890 painting, "Still Life, Vase With Daisies and Poppies," had expected to fetch between $30 million and $50 million. The auction record for a van Gogh is $82.5 million.

Tuesday's auction at Sotheby's also brought in $101 million for "Chariot," a rare sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. The 1951 bronze sculpture features an elongated goddesslike figure perched atop a wheeled chariot. The price almost broke the $104.3 million record for the artist.

Amedeo Modigliani's "Tete," sculpture sold for $70.7 million, just topping the previous auction record for the artist at $69 million.

All of the prices include the buyer's premium.


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