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Christie's multi-million pound art sale

Paul Cezanne’s colorful portrait of a village in Provence led Christie’s 80.4 million pound ($122.1 million) Impressionist and modern art sale in London on 4 February, 2015. Christie's, founded in 1766 and now owned by French retail magnate Francois Pinault's holding company Artemis SA, had global auction and private sales in 2014 that totalled $8.4 billion, its highest ever.

Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen gestures behind a painting by Erich Heckel entitled 'Badende am Waldteich' during the Impressionist and Modern Evening Art Sale at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Highlights from the sale included 'Vue sur L'Estaque et le Chateau d'If' by Paul Cezanne which fetched a final price of 13,522,500 GBP (20,486,588 USD). (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen takes bids for Vue sur L'Estaque et le Chateau d'If by Paul Cezanne at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Forming part of the Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, it fetched a final price of 13,522,500 GBP (20,486,588 USD). (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen gestures next to a painting by Georges Seurat entitled 'Attelage rural' during the Impressionist and Modern Evening Art Sale at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Highlights from the sale included 'Vue sur L'Estaque et le Chateau d'If' by Paul Cezanne which fetched a final price of 13,522,500 GBP (20,486,588 USD). (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Telephone bidders work during the Impressionist and Modern Evening Art Sale at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Highlights from the sale included 'Vue sur L'Estaque et le Chateau d'If' by Paul Cezanne which fetched a final price of 13,522,500 GBP (20,486,588 USD). (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Telephone bidders view a brochure during the Impressionist and Modern art sale at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. A total of 44 lots were sold during the sale. (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Telephone bidders work during the Impressionist and Modern Evening Art Sale at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Highlights from the sale included 'Vue sur L'Estaque et le Chateau d'If' by Paul Cezanne which fetched a final price of 13,522,500 GBP (20,486,588 USD). (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Telephone bidders work during the Impressionist and Modern Evening Art Sale at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Highlights from the sale included 'Vue sur L'Estaque et le Chateau d'If' by Paul Cezanne which fetched a final price of 13,522,500 GBP (20,486,588 USD). (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen takes bids for 'Les deux filles' by Amedeo Modigliani at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Forming part of the Impressionist and Modern Evening Art Sale, it fetched a final price of 7,586,500 GBP (11,493,548 USD). (Getty Images)
Christie's multi-million pound art sale
Telephone bidders work during the Impressionist and Modern Evening Art Sale at Christies on February 04, 2015 in London, England. Highlights from the sale included 'Vue sur L'Estaque et le Chateau d'If' by Paul Cezanne which fetched a final price of 13,522,500 GBP (20,486,588 USD). (Getty Images)