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The sale on January 31 achieved a sell-through rate of 98% by value.

Items once owned by ‘London’s best connected man’ Sir David Tang, who died in August last year, were among the lots at the sale alongside items from Bywell Hall, Northumberland, and from Pimlico Road dealer Howe London.

The auction, the first Interiors sale in 2018, achieved £1.75m and an Italian Maiolica Trompe L'oeil ceramic achieved the top price, selling for a premium-inclusive £131,250.

Previously Interior sales such as this were held at Christie’s South Kensington which closed in July 2017.

Orlando Rock, chairman of Christie's UK, said: “We made a very clear commitment to bring the spirit and inventiveness of South Kensington to King Street. We have never had a sell-through rate in Interiors like this before and our ‘Christie’s Lates’ event have been just as popular.”

Chest of drawers

Christie’s Interiors sale on January 31 included items from the collection of Christopher Howe such as this regency mahogany bow chest-of-drawers, c.1815. Estimated at £2000-3000, it made £5625.

Items from the collection of dealer Christopher Howe made a premium-inclusive total of £93,700 and 100% of the lots sold.

Highlights of Sir David’s collection included a watercolour on paper by artist Tracey Emin called Happy with you. Carrying an estimate of £8000-12,000, it sold at a premium-inclusive £60,000.