Monet’s 1908 view of Venice, Le Palais Contarini, sold for £19,682,500 at Sotheby’s in London tonight. This is the highest price ever for a Venetian painting by the artist. The work was completed while Monet and his wife spent three months in Venice. It has been widely exhibited around the world and was in the Turner, Whistler, Monet exhibition at Tate Britain in 2005.
Moments before Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue (1927) sold for £9,266,500. Five bidders competed for the work, which was eventually known down to a bidder on the telephone.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 6 and May 31, 2013).