Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
La blanchisseuse
$22,416,000 (with premium)
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Art Market Watch
by Stewart Waltzer

If you donít know already, Christieís pillaged the best of this seasonís available dead and came away with the estate collections of Long Island lawyer Lee Eastman and Toni home-perm mogul Neison Harris, among several others. Hence, the once meek Christieís inherited the earth, or a least a substantial chunk of it, and Sothebyís got stiffed, so to speak. One is predisposed to malign the dead whom the fundamentalist Christian God has so favored. You scourge them for middlebrow taste or commercial sensibilities or unwholesome liaisons with dealers, but their collections gainsay you. It goes to show that with brilliant taste and a lot of money, there is no end to what you can do. Shucks.