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Occasional Painting — Le Bassin Aux Nympheas

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Le Bassin Aux Nympheas
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Signed and dated
Oil on canvas
100.4 x 201 cm
Painted 1919

Another record-setting price for a Monet painting. Le Bassin Aux Nympheas fetched an astounding $80 million dollars, doubling the previous record for a Monet set only last month. Geez, the market for Monets is ludicris right now. Hmm, that makes me wonder how much mine is worth. Not that I would ever sell it of course. I appreciate my Monet purely for its artistic merit, not for its monetary value — I’m just interested is all.

Le Bassin Aux Nympheas is an extremely rare Monet, and has only been available for public viewing once in almost 90 years. In general, the demand for 19th century (early 20th century) European art has increased 13% since 2007. Check out the BBC page with video from the Christies’ auction. I would imagine that that auctioneer received a very generous tip.

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