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Claude Monet haystack painting fetches record $110 million at New York auction

Monet Haystacks painting sells for record 110.7 million US dollar, New York, USA - 03 May 2019
The 1890 painting “Meules” (Haystacks) by French Impressionist master Claude Monet is displayed at Sotheby’s in New York.
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One of Claude Monet’s iconic paintings of haystacks has fetched a record $110.7 million at an auction in New York.

Monet’s “Meules” sold at Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on Tuesday night. The auction house says it’s a world auction record for the artist and the first work of Impressionist art to cross the $100-million threshold at auction.

The 1890 painting is one of only four works from Monet’s acclaimed “Haystacks” series to come to auction this century, and one of only eight examples remaining in private hands. The 17 others reside at museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The previous owners had purchased the painting in 1986 for $2.53 million. Sotheby’s did not provide any details on the new buyer.

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