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A Hirst Fetches $2.8M As Pinault, Arnault Browse - Bloomberg

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A sculpture of 100 fish by Damien Hirst was snapped up with a price tag of $2.8 million. A Takashi Murakami painting of a Chinese lion dog and two works by Louise Bourgeois were also hitting the $2 million mark in Paris.

Dealers at FIAC were sipping Champagne at the VIP preview last night, relieved that the art market was holding up as the French and German governments continued talks on the sovereign debt crisis. Billionaires including Francois Pinault and Bernard Arnault browsed the fair, as did L’Oreal honorary chairman Lindsay Owen-Jones and Martine Aubry, the French Socialist Party presidential contender defeated in primaries last weekend.

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