Monet Painting Sets New Record
A new record was set for the French impressionist Claude Monet: the artist’s Meule—or ‘Grainstack’—sold for $81 million at Christie’s New York. The 1891 canvas, estimated at $45 million, was bought during the auction house’s impressionist and modern art sale. It is one of a series of 25 paintings depicting grainstacks created between 1890 and 1891, with the majority housed in some of the world’s most prominent museums. Previously, the auction record was held by one of the painter’s iconic water lilies scenes, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas (1919), which sold in London for £40.9 million. Prices for examples of Monet’s work have soared over recent years, with demand driven by the growing passion for classic impressionist paintings from collectors around the globe.