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US$81.3m Van Gogh kicks off NY art auction season

A 1913 Fernand Leger abstract and a Magritte oil painting set new record prices

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Laboureur dans un champ, valued at US$50 million, was sold after a frenzied four-minute bidding war. At US$81.3 million, it's just off the auction record for a Van Gogh, set in 1990 at US$82.5 million in New York for Portrait of Dr Gachet.

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CHRISTIE'S kicked off the autumn auction season in New York on Monday with a Vincent Van Gogh leading the way at US$81.3 million with robust sales of impressionist and modern art.

Laboureur dans un champ, painted by the tortured Dutch genius from the window of a French

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