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Turner seascape brings $10 million in London

A seascape painting by the British artist J. M. W. Turner sold Thursday for a world-record price of (STR)7.37 million, the equivalent about $9.5 million at Sotheby's auction house in London.

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Applause erupted in the packed salesroom as the hammer came down on the Turner painting ''Seascape: Folkestone,'' an oil done in about 1845. Turner is often called the greatest of British landscape artists.

The previous record auction price for a painting was $6.4 million, paid for another Turner work, ''Juliet and Her Nurse,'' which was sold at Sotheby's in New York on May 30, 1980.