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AMSTERDAM, Nov 2 (AFP) - The Netherlands branch of Sotheby's auction house took nearly 6.8 million euros (8.2 million dollars) at a two-day sale of art and furniture from European royal and noble families this week, it said on Wednesday.

The sums bid on Monday and Tuesday set a record for the Amsterdam branch of the international auction house.

The auction raised a total of 6,783,684 euros, "by far exceeding" pre-sale estimates of 3.5 million euros, Sotheby's said in a press release.

"The majority of the objects had been unseen for generations and were fresh to the market," it said.

The star item was a Bavarian carved gilt lime wood console table, made in 1725. Valued at between 60,000 and 80,000 euros, it sold for 303,200 euros.

A 19th century ivory model of a sledge pulled by swans made for King Ludwig II of Bavaria fetched 236,000 euros, almost twice its valued price.

Most of the buyers were from Western Europe, Russia, Turkey, Israel and the USA, Sotheby's said.

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