Rossignol’s Louis XV Sèvres and ormolu-mounted bureau plat – a €6m (£4.1m) record at Artcurial onDecember 13.

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Christie's two-day, £18.97m London sale of the Wildenstein collection on December 14 and 15 was preceded by a smaller €13.57m (£9.23m) single-session sale of the Rossignol Collection at Artcurial in Paris on December 13. Both produced strong prices for the best pieces, none stronger than the €6m (£4.1m) paid for Rossignol's Louis XV Sèvres and ormolu-mounted bureau plat, pictured here, at the Artcurial sale. The price is the highest paid at auction in France last year and the highest auction price ever paid for an object in France.