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"The previous auction record for a Monet was set in June 2008, for “Le Bassin aux nymphéas,” one of the iconic series of water lilies, from 1919, which sold at Christie’s London in June 2008 for 40.9 million pounds. (Adjusted for inflation, in 2016 dollars, that would be roughly $63.6 million today.)

 

“This one is different,” said David Benrimon, a New York dealer who has bought and sold Monet works. “There is more of the deep red of a sunset in this painting. It’s unique.”

 

The painting helped bring the total of Christie’s sale to $246.3 million against a low estimate of $200 million, and 39 of the 48 lots were successful. The equivalent sale last year yielded $145.5 million from 59 lots."