Sotheby’s to Auction $40 Million USD Monet 'Water Lilies' Painting In May
Sotheby’s unveiled a Claude Monet water lilies painting entitled, Le Bassin aux Nymphéas, which will be auctioned in their Impressionist and modern art evening sale at Sotheby’s New York on May 12.
The large-scale piece was completed during the last decade of his life, between 1917 and 1919. Having a garden with a lily pond by his home in Giverny, the impressionist painter was inspired and produced a string of paintings that mimicked his famous subject, called the Grandes Decorations.
This was his defining moment during his last two decades as he transitioned from his Impressionist focus to a more Abstract Expressionism, as vividly projected from this piece.
Monet’s water lilies series are usually main auction highlights, as one work sold for £40.9 million GBP ($80.5 million USD) at Christie’s in 2008 and another from the David Rockefeller collection sold for $84 million USD at Christie’s in 2018.
Le Bassin aux Nymphéas is estimated to go for $40 million USD and if sold as such, the artwork will be part of his top 10 works to be sold at auction.
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