Monet Painting Fetches $74 Millions at Auction in New York
A painting of water lilies by French impressionist Claude Monet has sold for $74 million, as part of a lively fall art auction season.
"Le bassin aux nympheas" topped the projected sale price of $65 million when it went under the hammer at Christie's auction house in New York.
Other notable sales included 20th century expressionist painter Richard Diebenkorn's "Recollections of a Visit to Leningrad" which sold for $46 million, while fellow American Joan Mitchell's "Untitled" went for $29 million.
Last week, Pablo Picasso's "Woman with a Watch," fetched $139.3 million, the second-highest price ever achieved for the artist.
"Femme a la montre," the 1932 painting depicting one of the Spanish artist's companions and muses, French painter Marie-Therese Walter, had been valued at over $120 million before going on the block at Sotheby's.
The fall auction season, which started on Nov. 7 and ends on Nov. 15, has so far seen $748 million in sales at Christie's and more than $400 million at Sotheby's.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News