Aided by a $1 million sale&#45;leader, France&rsquo;s Arqana breeding stock sale continued a strong run for quality European mares started earlier this month at the Tattersalls December sale in Newmarket, England.Gross receipts and the average price were both up through Monday&rsquo;s third of four sessions, and the median was holding steady with last year&rsquo;s figure at 14,000 euros, about $18,620. The three sessions had sold 498 horses for a combined $20,877,010, a 19 percent increase over last year&rsquo;s aggregate for 508 horses. The average price of $41,922 was up 20 percent from the 2009 figure at the same point.A number of the same bidders who had contributed to a bullish mare market at Tattersalls crossed the English Channel for the sale site of Deauville, France, most notably Tetsuya and Katsumi Yoshida. Tetsuya Yoshida, representing Shadai Farm, bought the sale&#45;leader for 800,000 euros Saturday. That was Group 3 winner, and Group 1&#45;placed, Celimene. Trainer Carlos Lerner consigned the 4&#45;year&#45;old Dr. Fong filly.Katsmui Yoshida nearly equaled that price by paying the auction&rsquo;s second&#45;highest price of 750,000 euros, about $997,500, for Lune d&rsquo;Or. A 9&#45;year&#45;old Green Tune mare, she is a Group 1 winner and was offered in foal to Galileo.Monday&rsquo;s next&#45;to&#45;last session also saw gains across the board. Two mares brought the session&#45;topping price of $55,860. The Aga Khan Studs&rsquo; 6&#45;year&#45;old broodmare Vezara. David Smaga was the buyer. A Grand Lodge&#45;Vereva winner, she was cataloged in foal to the Linamix horse Slickly. Several hours later, the stakes&#45;placed 5&#45;year&#45;old Salontanzerin also brought that bid from Driss Tarik. Salontanzerin is a Black Sam Bellamy full sister to a Group winner, Saphir, and she came to the sale straight from the racetrack.The sale was to continue through Tuesday.