LONDON, Wednesday 6th July 2011 - Tonight Sotheby’s London Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale was led by Francesco Guardi’s monumental masterpiece Venice, a View of the Rialto Bridge, Looking North, from the Fondamenta del Carbon, which established the highest price of the week of the London Old Master Sales when it sold for an astonishing £26,697,250 / $42,865,105 / €29,834,146 (est. £15-25 million). The highest price for any work of art sold at an international auction house in 2011, a record for any Venetian view painting at auction, as well as a record for the artist’s work, the painting was sought after by two determined bidders and finally sold to an anonymous telephone bidder. Overall the sale achieved a total of £47,640,900 / $76,492,229 / €53,238,651 (pre-sale est. £31,110,000-48,120,000), with an average lot value for the works sold of £952,818. The sale was 68.5% sold by lot and 91.6% sold by value.