In the Merchant Ivory picture, Le Divorce, a painting is auctioned towards the end of the movie. Stephen Fry plays the role of an auctioneer (possibly representing Christie's from London) who has had a prior meeting with the Walkers, the sellers of the painting. To them, he values the painting at around a million pounds. During the auction, however, bidding started at two million euros and Fry is also placing bids on the painting which eventually sells for over 4 million euros to a third party.
Did the Walkers spurn Fry's (Christie's) offer? Or was Fry bidding on the painting in order to drive up the price?
(Incidentally, who was the eventual buyer? She (character) looked familiar.)