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Farmer’s dance, a 211/2in x 121/2in (54.5 x 31cm) oil and mixed media on board in pointillist-inspired style, signed in hangui and roman letters, had been acquired by the vendor direct from the artist.

Sotheby’s expectations of £150,000-200,000 were left behind as a phone bidder battled against a hefty bid left on commission that finally secured the piece at £480,000,
setting a new auction high for the artist. The same commission bidder also included the artist’s Three Girls Playing, a smaller 51/2in x 31/4in (14 x 8.5cm) oil on board entered by the same vendor, signed in the same manner and dated 1964.