Claude Monet haystack painting fetches US$110.7M at auction

  • Claude Monet haystack painting fetches US$110.7M at auction

Claude Monet haystack painting fetches US$110.7M at auction

The "Meules" painting, one of Claude Monet's iconic paintings of haystacks, fetched a record $110.7 million at an auction in NY.

It took six bidders just eight minutes to reach a record-breaking sum for the oil painting, which went to an anonymous bidder Tuesday.

Monet's Haystacks series had 25 paintings, the majority of which hang in art galleries around the world.

August Uribe, Sotheby's head of impressionist and modern art, said: "It was a fantastic night for classic Impressionist art, highlighted of course by..."

The painting becomes the ninth most expensive ever to sell at auction. Sotheby's did not provide any details on the new buyer.

Sotheby's said the painting was acquired by wealthy Chicago socialites directly from Monet's dealer in the 1890s and remained in the family until it was bought at auction in 1986 by the present sellers for $2.53 million.

Nymphéas en fleur was previously the most expensive Monet painting, selling for $84.7m in May 2018.

Pablo Picasso's "Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O")" held the previous auction record, having sold for $179.4 million in 2015. The sale also marked the first Impressionist artwork to surpass the $100 million mark.