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Key numbers from Christie’s ‘Defining British Art’ Sale


Overall total for the auction (including premium)


Presale estimate for the auction (based on hammer prices)


Number of lots offered, of which 27 sold (87%)


Total value of works in the Contemporary art category sold in the ‘Defining British Art’ sale (including premium)


Withdrawn works – LS Lowry’s Industrial Scene, estimated at £1.5m-2.5m, and Sir Winston Churchill’s Scene on the river Meuse at Dinant, estimated at £600,000-1m.


Number of lots carrying guarantees (all financed by third parties)


Number of countries represented by bidders


Fall in the value of sterling against the dollar since the Brexit Referendum last week

54 guineas

The price fetched by John Constable’s View on the River Stour near Dedham back when it first sold at Christie’s in 1875.


Number of people per day who have visited Christie’s ‘Defining British Art’ loan exhibition at their King Street premises. It runs until July 15.