The Evening sale of Impressionist & Modern Art held in London on 8th February 2011 was a great success, bringing a total of £68.8 million ($111 million). La Lecture of 1932, Pablo Picasso's beautifully lyrical portrait of his muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, sold for £25.2 million ($40.7 million). In 1927 Picasso met Marie-Thérèse and she inspired some of his most romantic and sought after compositions.
Marino Marini's monumental bronze L'Idea del cavaliere achieved £4.1 million ($6.7 million). Argenteuil, fin d'après-midi, a remarkable early landscape by Claude Monet, achieved £3.4 million ($5.4 million). Painted at the dawn of Impressionism in 1872, this superbly atmospheric depiction of the river Seine was one of Monet's first major compositions of the popular area of Argenteuil.