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Auctioneer André Meyzen, who set up in Narbonne two years ago after serving his apprenticeship in Paris, said he was “very pleased” with the result – the highest furniture price in France so far this year – although a little disappointed by lack of interest from American or English bidders, despite heavy advertising.

The result was somewhat below the Fr8m-10m estimate, but doubtless the private consignor who, said Meyzen, was originally hoping for "Fr60,000-80,000", will have been pleased.