Meules by Claude Monet

Auctioned by Sotheby’s in New York for US$110.7 million.

Not only did Meules – an icon of Impressionism from the French master’s Haystacks series – smash the world auction record for any work by Monet, but it also became the first Impressionist work to cross the US$100 million threshold at auction. This 1890 painting, which is one of only four Haystacks pictures to come to auction this century, was the shining star of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in mid-May. It also boasts an illustrious providence, having been acquired directly from Monet’s dealer by Mr and Mrs Potter Palmer – wealthy Chicago socialites and enthusiastic collectors of Impressionist works.


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