An 18th-century canvas by the Italian painter Pietro Fabris was the top seller at Sotheby's Old Master sale Thursday. "Villagers Preparing to Depart for the Festival of the Madonna Dell'Arco" was bought for $722,500, well above the high estimate of $400,000. The 142-lot auction posted overall sales of $8.13 million, a solid but not thrilling performance in a season of generally encouraging ...

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