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A diamond-encrusted Order of St Andrew c.1800, from the Russian crown jewels, which topped last week’s London Russian series, selling for £2.4m hammer at Sotheby’s.

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With sales at Sotheby's, Christie's, MacDougalls and Bonhams, the series totalled £58m hammer.

Sotheby's had three auctions: an evening and daytime picture sale and a separate works of art sale. Their series netted £33.4m hammer and produced £2m for Natalia Goncharovna's Still Life with Fruits, one of three oils by the artist on offer in London last week, while the most expensive object was the diamond encrusted order of St Andrew shown here that topped the series at £2.4m.

Bonhams' single sale made £4.7m, led by the second Goncharovna oil, The Sailboat, at £1.5m.

Christie's two sales netted the auction house just over £12.2m hammer, although they failed to sell their Goncharovna Crucifixion and their other main picture highlight, Bogoliubov's panoramic oil of the Neskuchnyi Garden in Moscow.

Their highest price was the double-estimate £1.2m paid for Ivan Shishkin's Pine Forest. A second Shiskin forest scene topped the first of MacDougall's two picture sales, a £7.2m offering held last Thursday, when the artist's Merikula - at the Dacha realised £900,000.

But none of the rooms saw a completely clean sweep and there was selective response to most of the eight auctions. The highest selling rate by lot was the 73 per cent seen for Sotheby's selected evening picture sale, while take-up at the others ranged from the mid 60s to low 50s in percentage terms.