The painting 'Christ Mocked' by Italian artist Cimabue had been valued at between €4m and €6m before auction.
Jewels which belonged to France's Austrian-born queen Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI who was guillotined in 1793 following the French Revolution at the age of 37, are to go to auction in Geneva on Thursday, with one pendant valued at 2 million dollars, all part of a major collection of jewellery being sold by Italy's royal Bourbon-Parma house.
A bottle of Vin Jaune from the Arbois region of eastern France dating from the harvest of 1774, when the last French monarch King Louis XVI was still the country's ruler, has sold for a record 103,700 euros at an auction in the French Jura region, while two other bottles of the same vintage sold for 76,250 euros and 73,200 euros.
The giant skeleton of a male, which was discovered in permafrost in Siberia ten years ago and is believed to be the largest in private ownership, was sold at an auction in Lyon.
The bones of the 7.5-metre-long allosaurus, a ferocious carnivore which became extinct 135 million years ago, were sold in Lyon to an unnamed French buyer who has pledged to put it on public display in France.
The original drawing in Chinese ink by Belgian artist Georges Remi, who wrote 'The Adventures of Tintin' under the pen name of Hergé, shows the fearless reporter, his white dog Snowy and his friend Captain Haddock in spacesuits, walking on the moon for the first time and looking at the Earth.
They say the hundreds of objects to be sold in Paris next week are 'living beings' and that their sale is like the 'slave auctions' of the past.
The ring, given by Joan of Arc to an English cardinal before her execution in 1431, was bought by the Puy du Fou foundation for £300,000.
As benchmark pig auction in Brittany reopened Tuesday, the absence of large meat processors meant prices could fall below agreed minimum.
The pair of gold-encrusted pistols were a gift to his son, 3, in 1814 shortly before emperor was defeated in battle and forced into exile on Elba.
Culture minister Aurélie Filippetti said she did not want planned sale of objects that belonged to Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering to go ahead.
The wood, iron, steel and brass execution machine will be auctioned this week in Nantes, and is expected to fetch 60,000 euros.
The 32 ceremonial masks, head-dresses and other objects go under the hammer after legal challenge and objections from US embassy rejected.