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Maurice Utrillo works raise over $7m at Paris auction

1 December 2010 Last updated at 22:09 GMT

An auction of paintings by French artist Maurice Utrillo raised more than $7m in Paris.

Self-taught, cursed by alcohol addiction, and detained in a mental institution, Utrillo was saved by his art and his mother, Suzanne Valadon, a model and painter herself.

Utrillo became world famous, particularly in America and Japan, for his depiction of Paris before World War One.

Stephane Mayoux reports.