LONDON, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Pablo Picasso's painting "Femme Assise" (Seated Woman) was sold for 13,445,709 U.S. dollars at an auction held by the world's leading art business Christie's on Wednesday evening.
The painting of the Spanish painting master, formerly part of the impressive collection of American steel magnate and philanthropist Leigh B. Block, was sold at the highest price at the auction.
Of the 71 lots put under the hammer, including works of famous artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac, Paul Gauguin, and Maurice de Vlaminck, 27 works were sold for over 1 million pounds (1.6 million dollars) and 36 for over 1 million dollars.
"Quality, rarity and considered pricing were key to the successful results of this evening's sale," said Jay Vincze, International Director and Head of The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale with Christie's London unit.
Nearly every one of the top 10 lots was offered on the open market for the first time in 20 years or more, and in some cases for the first time in up to three generations.
"There were particularly notable prices for surrealist works, reflecting the current fervor for this field which has steadily grown since Christie's pioneering standalone sale in 2001," Vincze said.
The second highest price at auction was given to "Les jours gigantesques" (The Titanic Days) by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte for 11.33 million dollars.
The painting was offered at auction for the first time in 60 years, from an important private European collection.