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HUNT BROTHERS' ANTIQUITIES FETCH $20 MILLION AT AUCTION

The first of a series of sales of antiquities and Greek and Roman coins from the collections of Texas' Hunt brothers brought $20 million at an auction Tuesday, 63 percent above the presale estimate.

The auction at Sotheby's gallery sold 100 percent, a phenomenon in a season when many fine arts sales failed to find buyers for 30 percent to 70 percent of the lots offered. Sotheby's experts had put a high estimate of $12.2 million on the 164 Hunt lots, including Greek vases, classic bronzes and Greek and Roman coins."It was a landmark sale, a world auction record for any sale of antiquities," said Diana Levitt, a Sotheby spokesman.