Henri Leopold Levy's Aphrodite beats estimate by 233%

Henri Leopold Levy's Aphrodite and Eros; and Dionysus and Ariadne has sold for £60,000 ($92,160).

The lot headlined a sale of 19th century European art at Christie's London on September 10, beating an estimate of £18,000 ($27,648) by 233.3%.

Henri Levy Christies
Henri Leopold Levy was a well respected 19th century genre painter

Christie's comments: "Levy's skill was well recognised during his career. Having studied under Fromentin and Cabanel, he was a regular exhibitor at the Salon de Paris.

"Levy consistently favoured depicting mythical gods and goddesses in their celestial environments, and excelled at working on a large scale. He participated in the decoration of the Panth?�on and the H??tel de Ville, Paris."

Other lots included Giovanni Boldini's Gallinelle Ruspanti, which made £21,250 ($32,640) against a valuation of £10,000 ($15,630) - an increase of 112.5%.

Swish Christies Giovanni
Boldini was known as the Master of Swish

Described in Time Magazine as the "Master of Swish" in reference to his style of brushstroke, Boldini was one of the most sought after portrait artists of his era.

The present lot shows a farmyard scene and was painted in 1878.

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