Claude Monet haystack painting fetches USD110.7M at NY auction

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Claude Monet’s iconic paintings of haystacks has fetched a record USD110.7 million at an auction in New York.

Monet’s ‘Meules’ sold at Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on Tuesday night. The auction house said it’s a world auction record for the artist and the first work of Impressionist art to cross the USD100 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 USD2.53 million. Sotheby’s did not provide any details on the new buyer.

Claude Monet’s painting titled ‘Meules’. – AP