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The 8th edition of PAD London, set in the heart of Berkeley Square in Mayfair, opened its doors to the public on 15th October with 62 international galleries offering an exceptional blend of modern art, design and decorative arts in a carefully curated setting. As Michael Hoppen reported, 'PAD has the best location and has become a real fixture in the London's art calendar'. Attended by luminaries from the worlds of art, design and fashion, the VIP night marked the start of a successful week of sales, with many dealers delighted by the level of attendance and international collectors visiting the fair.

Modern Art exhibitors reported strong sales this year. Gmurzynska sold works by Yves Klein and Robert Indiana, each for $2 Million USD, on the VIP night. Von Vertes enjoyed a number of six-figure sales, including a Pierre Soulages painting, Andy Warhol silkscreen and rare Joan Miro sculpture, while several pieces from Daniel Blau's collection of Warhol drawings, priced between £20,000 and £70,000, found keen buyers. Mid 20th Century Italian art featured prominently at PAD. Robilant + Voena sold various works by Agostino Bonalumi including a large bronze sculpture by the artist and a work by Paolo Scheggi, all priced between £100,000 and £300,000. Galleria Tega reported selling a piece by Mimmo Rotella for €100,000, and further works to private collectors including paintings by Giorgio Morandi and Lucio Fontana as well as a piece by Giuseppe Capogrossi, previously exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York.

Antiquities dealers enjoyed healthy sales too. Phoenix Ancient Art sold well throughout the week, remarking on 'a great crowd of international collectors' and selling an Egyptian Head of Amun for a seven-figure sum. Gordian Weber Kunsthandel reported 'great sales and serious interest in one of the highlight pieces' on their stand, a full figured Cycladic Idol.

Tribal Art had a strong presence at PAD this year and sales have been outstanding. Lucas Ratton sold the highlight of his stand, a Fang Statue from Gabon, for a significant six-figure price. Galerie Flak owner, Julien Flak, spoke of 'a revival in tribal arts in London' having sold various valuable pieces including an exceptionally carved 19th Century Maori staff and eye-catching Sioux American Indian Headdress. Japanese armours specialist, Jean-Christophe Charbonnier, who sold out on the first night last year, found an enthusiastic buyer for his most striking 18th Century Japanese helmet and mask, going for a six-figure sum.

Contemporary Design dominated the fair's entrance with magnificent stands by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Galerie Kreo and David Gill Galleries, the latter commenting on the 8th edition being one of the best years yet. Visitors admired Yinka Shonibare's eye-catching Windy Chair at Carpenters, with the gallery selling several works by Vincent Dubourg and Wendell Castle. Friedman Benda reported exceptional sales, including the checkered table by Joris Laarman, and the stunning Poised table by Paul Cocksedge. Cloud lights by Jeremy Wintrebert were much sought-after at Gallery Fumi's stand, selling for £7,200 each.

Contemporary Ceramic was in focus at PAD with the addition of Sèvres - Cité de la céramique who reported selling various works by Dutch designer Aldo Bakker as well as a number of pieces by Ettore Sottsass priced between €7000 and €26,000.

Modern Brazilian Design triumphed this year, with Galerie James selling out their stand in the first three days of the fair. Modernity similarly reported selling the majority of pieces on day one, including a chaise longue from 1923 by Swedish designer Uno Åhrén, priced at £120,000. The opening days also saw the sale of Francois-Xavier Lalanne's, Mouton de Laine at Jean David Botella for over £500,000, while a Christopher Dresser cabinet, of which there are only two in the world, was sold for six figures at Oscar Graf.

Jewellery sales were high. Elisabetta Cipriani noted substantial sales for each of her 15 artists and the sale of her highlight piece, a ring by Rebecca Horn for £12,000.

Michael Hoppen Gallery were delighted with their sales in photography, experiencing a busy fair and selling their iconic Hunter S. Thompson centerpiece and large Alfred Seiland photograph.

The annual Moët Hennessy-PAD London Prize took place on Monday 13 October. A prestigious Judging Panel, presided over by Jasper Conran, gathered in the PAD marquee to select the recipients of this year's awards. Paul Cocksedge at Friedman Benda won the 'Best Contemporary Design' award for his balanced steel table, Poised (2013). Carlo Mollino's Ceiling Light (1949) at Galerie Downtown won the award for 'Best 20th Century Decorative Art', while James was awarded 'Best Stand' for their fine showcase of modern Brazilian design.

The PAD London VIP night was a resounding success, with over 2000 guests attending the event on Tuesday 14th October. Notable VIPs included: Erdem Moralioglu, Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Henry Conway, Jasper Conran, Rolf Sachs, Alastair Guy, Amanda Eliasch, Yasmin Mills, Yinka Shonibare, Sasha Volkova, Paul Schofer, Roxie Nafousi, Tim Jefferies, Amber Atherton, Alia Al-Senussi, Charlotte Dellal and Maxim Crewe, Kelly Hoppen, Evangelina Ling, Lord March, Nellee Hooper, Grete Ballamacina, Ozwald Boteng, Tia Graham, Linzie Stoppard, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Brooke Metcalfe, Diego Bivero Volpe, Brix Smith Start, Elizabeth Saltzman, Blaise Patrick, Henry Conway, Stephen Webster, Nancy Dell'Olio, Natasha Corrett, Zafar Rushdie, Noelle Reno, Scott Young, Marie-Chantal of Greece, Kim Johnson and Arun Nayar, Marissa Montgomery, Luisa Vautier Franco, Mary Greenwell, Robert Thielen, Irina Morozova, Jerry Farrell, Vladislav Dronin, Sir Stuart Rose, Alice Bamford and Lady Bamford, and Kadian Noble, amongst others. Guests enjoyed Ruinart champagne and exquisite canapés by Roberta of Paris. The selection included mini foie gras sandwiches, delicate wraps filled with bresaola and ricotta, carne salada with parmesan, and coppa slices with ricotta topped with truffle infused honey drizzle.

To complement PAD's elegant feel, this year's restaurant and bar were designed by David Collins Studio. As the designers behind some of the world's most attractive interiors, including bars at The Connaught, The Berkeley and Claridge's, the team incorporated their signature blue with a reoccurring marble design and globe lighting. A chandelier at the PAD entrance acted as a tribute to the late interior designer David Collins, fondly remembered as one of the past Jury members of the Moët Hennessy-PAD London Prize.

Commenting on a lively spirit amongst exhibitors and visitors at PAD, President Patrick Perrin was thrilled with the fair's 8th edition:

'Over 25,000 visitors came to visit PAD this year. I am always so pleased to see collectors and public alike connect with the fair on such a personal level. PAD is a fascinating universe of beautiful objects with a great history. This is a place where people not only find their dream piece for their homes but also learn about art and design. This year we saw collectors returning to the fair numerous times, with major sales being reported. The experience is truly unique, the quality of works on offer is consistent and our location is perfect. We look forward to next year.'

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