Five Monet paintings sell for $84 million in less than one hour
At Sotheby's auction
The highly anticipated Sotheby's auction, of five works from the Impressionist master, Claude Monet, fetched a staggering total of $84 million in just under an hour, on Tuesday.
Some works managed to exceed Sotheby's experts' estimates, Vase de Pivoines, 1882, sold for $3.4 million. The vibrant floral still life was estimated at $1.8 million to $2.7 million and reached almost three quarters of a million dollars more than the best guess. L'Embarcadère, also exceeded expectations, it was estimated at $11.27 million to $15 million and sold for $15.37 million. Le Grand Canal, a hazy blue-and-green view of the banks of the Italian city painted at the peak of Monet's career, sold for the highest figure of $35.6 million. Les Peupliers à Giverny was sold from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art to benefit the acquisitions fund and reached the higher end of the estimated window of $13.7 million to $18.26 million, by selling for $16.42 million.
The auction also included works by masters Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse, and sculptures by Auguste Rodin. The total raised by all of the impressionist and modern art works in the auction came to a record-breaking $283 million – "the highest total for any London auction of any category," according to Sotheby's official Twitter account.
Les Peupliers à Giverny
Le Grand Canal was completed by Monet while in Venice in 1908.
Antibes Vue de la Salis, 1888.
Monet’s L’Embarcadère, which depicts Zaandam, in the Netherlands, in 1871