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Swiss art auction breaks records

A sale of Swiss art by the auctioneers, Christie's, has broken three records, including the highest price ever paid for a painting by Augusto Giacometti. The work, showing Mary and Jesus (picture), sold for SFr1.58 million.

This content was published on March 22, 2000 - 16:21

A sale of Swiss art by the auctioneers, Christie's, has broken three records, including the highest price ever paid for a painting by Augusto Giacometti. The work, showing Mary and Jesus (picture), sold for SFr1.58 million.

A work by Augusto's brother, Giovanni, also reached a record price. "Lago che gela, Maloja" sold for SFr702,000. The third record was set for a painting by Cuno Amiet, which went for SFr975,000 to a private collector.

In total, 136 paintings and sculptures from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries were sold for nearly SFr12 million. They included works by renowned Swiss artists such as Albert Anker, Ferdinand Hodler and Félix Valloton.

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