One of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet’s famous water lilies painting ‘Nymphéas’ has sold for £32 million (approximately $55 million) at Sotheby’s auction in London to an unknown bidder. Dating back to 1906, the painting by the late artist fetched the second highest price ever paid for the artist at an auction. The Nymphéas are amongst the most iconic and celebrated impressionist paintings.
Inspired by the lily pond in Monet’s garden at Giverny, there are around 250 oil paintings from Monet’s water lilies series that have made a profound impact on the evolution of the modern art. The work was previously at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Two other Monet paintings from the collection of the Buffalo Bills founder Ralph C. Wilson Jr, Antibes, Vue du Plateau Notre Dame (1888) and La Seine à Argenteuil (1875) were sold for £7,922,500 ($13,503,901) and £8,538,500 ($14,553,873) respectively.
The second highest-earning lot at the auction was Piet Mondrian’s quintessential masterpiece ‘Composition with Red, Blue and Grey’ (1927) which was sold for £15.2 million. The painting is one of the few major works by the artist to come to market as most of his work was kept in his personal collection until his death in 1944.
The auction bought a total of $208 million including Picasso’s 1937 Portrait de Femme (£5 milion/$9,113,109) and Max Beckmann’s 1924 Stilleben mit Grammophon und Schwertlilien (£4,786,500/$8,158,589).
[Via – Voa-News]