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Sotheby's impressionist auction sees 'thinner' sales

Edvard Munch's 1902 painting Girls on the Bridge was sold at Sotheby's impressionist and modern auction, the first in a packed week of sales that may test the strength of the art market.

New York

ONE could not help but feel that Helena Newman, the Sotheby's auctioneer on Monday night, was almost begging for a bid of more than US$50 million for Edvard Munch's 1902 painting Girls on the Bridge. Still, the room was quiet. Despite what felt like an excruciatingly long wait -

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