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Pissarro and Picasso records broken at London sale

Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:15 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A Paris street scene painted by Camille Pissarro sold for 19.9 million pounds (S$39.3 million) at a London sale on Wednesday, almost five times the previous record for the Impressionist master at auction.

The Danish-French painter's Boulevard Montmartre, Matinee De Printemps, widely considered to be one of the most important Impressionist works to come up for sale in the last decade, went under the hammer at London's Sotheby's auction house.

The 1897 painting, an elevated view of a typical spring scene on the famous Paris thoroughfare, was originally owned by Jewish industrialist Max Silberberg, who was based in Breslau.

The Nazis forced him to get rid of his entire collection, and he later died in the Holocaust.

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