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Show me the Monet: Impressionist master's painting fetches £65m at sale

Published 17/11/2016

The painting was one of the few Grainstack artworks still in private hands (AP)
The painting was one of the few Grainstack artworks still in private hands (AP)

A painting from Claude Monet's acclaimed Grainstack series has been sold for 81.4 million dollars (£65.3 million) at an auction in New York.

The impressionist and modern art sale at Christie's saw a new auction record for the artist, beating the previous high of 80.4 million dollars, set in 2008.

The 1891 painting, shimmering with hues of reds, pinks, blues and yellow, depicts a close-up of a single cone-shaped stack after harvest.

Monet's Grainstack series - 25 paintings in all - was created just steps from his home outside a farmer's field in the French village of Giverny.

The work which went under the hammer was one of a few from this series still in private hands.

Among other highlights at the auction was a painting by Wassily Kandinsky placed on the market for the first time in more than 50 years.

It sold for 23.3 million dollars (£18.6 million), a new record for the Russian artist. The previous record for his work was 23 million set in 2012.

Rigid and Curved was first owned by the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, which acquired it directly from the artist in 1936, a year after it was completed, according to Christie's.

A colourful piece of geometric and organic shapes, it has been in the same private collection since 1964.

Christie's said the painting's texture of sand mixed with paint was a technique Kandinsky used only in his Paris paintings of 1934-1935.

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