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'Personnage Fonce (Bleu – Bleu Noir)' by Olivier Debre – $170,000 (£125,925) at Doyle.

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Highlighting Doyle’s auction was this Abstract work by the French artist Olivier Debre (1920-99).

Personnage Fonce (Bleu – Bleu Noir) is signed Debre lower right and signed and dated O Debre/Paris 1958-59 and titled on the reverse.

The 6ft x 4ft 1in (1.85 x 1.25m) oil on canvas, which had a provenance to the Knoedler Galleries New York, was estimated at $30,000-50,000 but was finally hammered down at $170,000 (£125,925), the second-highest auction price for the artist.