Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Monet Deals Help Sotheby's Art Auction Top [Pounds Sterling]106m

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Monet Deals Help Sotheby's Art Auction Top [Pounds Sterling]106m

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

A RARE view of Venice by Claude Monet sold for [pounds sterling]19.7million to help Sotheby's beat pre-sale expectations and make a total of nearly [pounds sterling]106 million at its Impressionist and modern art auction. Bidding from more than 30 nations, including record numbers from Asia, saw Monet's 1908 painting Le Palais Contarini become the most expensive work of London's summer sales season so far after a three-way contest.

The competition for lots yesterday helped to create records for Wassily Kandinsky and Camille Claudel, the artist who was also Auguste Rodin's lover and muse, and saw works by figures such as Henry Moore make at least double their lower estimates. One bronze sculpture, Serene Head (Thea) by Dame Barbara Hepworth, fetched five times more than predicted at [pounds sterling]386,000.

Five bidders vied for a classic Piet Mondrian painting, Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue (1927) -- the most favoured combination of his colour scheme -- driving the price up to nearly [pounds sterling]9. …

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