'Difficult' sale pays off

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Christie's brave decision to offer 'difficult' works to buyers in its contemporary art sale during a recession paid off yesterday, writes Dalya Alberge.

A torn pullover, stuck down on a piece of stained board by Antoni Tapies, one of Spain's leading artists, sold for pounds 27,500.

A baked potato, modelled in urethane, by Claes Oldenburg, the pop artist, fetched pounds 6,160. According to Oldenburg there are 'no other potato works of this type in existence'.

A 1971 dismantled vacuum, in a polyester and plexiglass case (right) by Arman, the French sculptor, made pounds 11,500. Only 22 of 134 lots failed to sell, with the main buyers from Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

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