Les Peupliers by Claude Monet
New York these days is a favorite place for all lovers of fine art. First, Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sales week on Tuesday totaled $170.5 million, and now Christie’s has sold $156 million worth of Impressionist and modern art on Wednesday.
A Claude Monet oil on canvas – painting of poplars sold for $22.5 million at a Christie’s auction in New York, while a Maurice de Vlaminck’s 1905 Paysage de banlieue smashed records for the artist by also selling for $22.5 million (more than double the previous world record for the French artist of $10.8 million). Monet’s Les Peupliers, painted in 1891, had been estimated to sell for $20 million to $30 million. Another Monet, Iris Mauves, was estimated to sell for between $15 and $20 million dollars, but found no buyer in tepid trading.