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  • NEW WORLD RECORD FOR A VENETIAN VIEW BY MONET AT SOTHEBY’S

    Claude Monet – Le Palais Ducal

    There was a new world record for a Venetian view by Monet at Sotheby’s in London on February 26. Le Palais Ducal from 1908 sold for £27.5 million.  The evening sales of  Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art brought a total of £87.7 million.  Following the strength of results for German and Austrian art at Sotheby’s New York last November, the London auction saw a continued demand for rare and important pieces from the region, with six works together bringing £25.5 million.

    The group was led by Egon Schiele’s Trieste Fishing Boat from  (1912) which sold for £10.7 million.  Schiele’s  Auf dem Bauch liegendes Mädchen, a major work on paper, was pursued by six bidders from Europe and Asia, selling for £1.6 million. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Mädchen auf dem Diwan (1906) made its auction debut at £3.8 million and was sold to benefit the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s acquisition fund.

    The Surrealist sale was led by René Magritte’sbold and beautifully painted L’Etoile du Matin (1938), which sold for £5.3 million.

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