Sotheby’s achieve record prices for surrealist masters at auction. René Magritte’s L’empire Des Lumières sold for £59.4 million in 2022, the highest price ever paid for a painting in Europe and the most valuable surrealist work ever sold at auction worldwide. Surrealism & It’s Legacy, the first dedicated sale ever to be held in Paris totaled €33 million. Led by two masterpieces by Francis Picabia, under the hammer for the first time, Pavonia (1929) achieved €10 million, setting a new auction record for Picabia. Setting new benchmarks, we reach new audiences and with exceptional creativity.