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Claude Monet Water Lilies painting sells for $67 million

Published on Jun 24, 2014 6:21 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - An iconic Water Lilies painting by French artist Claude Monet sold for £31.7 million (S$67 million) at a London sale on Monday, the second-highest sum paid for his work on record.

The 1906 painting Nympheas - sold to an anonymous bidder - formed part of a seminal exhibition held at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, in Paris, in 1909 to unveil Monet's Water Lily works.

The instantly recognisable Impressionist masterpiece once belonged to the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel and remained in his personal collection throughout his life.

It has since been displayed in the world's top galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Musee National d'Art Moderne in Paris.

A Christie's moderator facilitates the sale of an artwork titled "Nympheas" by artist Claude Monet during a Christie's auction in New York May 6, 2014. An iconic Water Lilies painting by French artist Claude Monet sold for £31.7 million (S$67 million) at a London sale on Monday, the second-highest sum paid for his work on record. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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