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The two-day outing of 361 Victorian paintings and sculpture tested a market that had been undermined by a poor round of November sales, and while Christie’s total of £16.9m was only reached by offloading many lots below estimate, the auctioneers claimed no fewer than 64 auction records for artists, including John Martin for the best-selling Pandemonium. Measuring 4ft 1/2in by 6ft 5/8in (1.23 x 1.84m) in the original gilt frame of demonic artifice, detail below right, the painting sold to a New York dealer, reported elsewhere as French and Co., for a hammer price of £1.5m (plus 19.5/12 per cent buyer’s premium).