Bugatti bronze
Rembrant Bugatti bronze of an Indian elephant sold for €610,000 (£ 539,825) at Beaussant Lefèvre.

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Beaussant Lefèvre sold this model of an Indian elephant for a hammer price of €610,000 (£ 539,825), getting on for double the €300,000-400,000 estimate, in a sale on June 20.

Bugatti created many of his models from life, studying the animals in Antwerp Zoo.

The 18.5in (45cm) high patinated bronze, a model known as Eléphant en Repos, is one of 11 examples cast by the Hébrard Foundry between 1909-10 and is signed and numbered 1.

It came with a primary provenance, having been acquired in 1911 by the comte Gérard de Ganay and passed down by direct descent.