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Christie's Sells Matisse for $48.8 Million at Fall Auction

Sotheby's had a good night on Tuesday at its Impressionist and Modern art evening auction. On Wednesday night, Christie's did its part to open the fall auction season. It sold 84 works of art for $231.4 million. The bronze sculpture by Henri Matisse, Nu de Dos, 4 État led the way, selling for nearly $48.8 million, a record for the artist at auction. Christie's also did well on the sale of a Juan Gris oil painting, "Violon et guitare," which went for a record $28.6 million.

Christie's has another day sale on Thursday and its Contemporary and Post-War art sales on November 10th and 11th. To see what Christie's thought it would get for some of its top works on the auction block at Wednesday's Impressionist and Modern sales, check out the slideshow below.

 Henri Matisse's 1978 <em> Nu de Dos, 4 État</em>, bronze with dark brown patina, sold for nearly $49 million on Wednesday. Christie's thought it would get between $25 and $35 million.
Henri Matisse's 1978 Nu de Dos, 4 État, bronze with dark brown patina, sold for nearly $49 million on Wednesday. Christie's thought it would get between $25 and $35 million. ( Christie's Images Ltd. 2010 )
Christie's sold the 1913 oil painting <em>Violon et guitare</em> by Juan Gris for $28.6 million. It had thought it would get between $18 and $25 million.
Christie's sold the 1913 oil painting Violon et guitare by Juan Gris for $28.6 million. It had thought it would get between $18 and $25 million. ( Christie's Images Ltd. 2010 )
Alberto Giacometti's 1958  <em>Femme de Venise V</em>, bronze with brown and green patina, sold for $10.2 million. Christie's thought it would get between $8 and $12 million.
Alberto Giacometti's 1958 Femme de Venise V, bronze with brown and green patina, sold for $10.2 million. Christie's thought it would get between $8 and $12 million. ( Christie's Images Ltd. 2010 )
Gustave Caillebotte's oil painting from 1882, <em>La Seine à Argenteuil</em>, brought in $5.1 million, at the low end of its expected sale price between $5 and $7 million.
Gustave Caillebotte's oil painting from 1882, La Seine à Argenteuil, brought in $5.1 million, at the low end of its expected sale price between $5 and $7 million. ( Christie's Images Ltd. 2010 )
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