A magnificent snow scene by French impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) auctioned at Sotheby's London on February 5, bringing strong results. Le Givre a Giverny (1885) made £8.8m ($13.7m) - a 46.2% increase on its £6m top estimate.
The evening session of Sotheby's two-date impressionist and modern art sale saw a packed saleroom, with a final total of £121m ($191m) - the second highest figure for a Sotheby's evening sale in this category in London.
Le Givre a Giverny came in third top lot, with a canvas from Monet's seemingly unimpeachable water lilies series, Nympheas Avec Reflects de Hautes Herbes, taking second place at £9m ($14m). Picasso's "Golden Muse" came in top lot, achieving £28.6m ($44.7m).
Bonhams' impressionist and modern art sale, which also took place yesterday evening, was led by the Maurice Denis (1870-1943) canvas Le martyre de Saint-Sebastien - something of a surprise top lot.
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Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we are able to offer this Pierre-Auguste Renoir handwritten letter for sale, which offers insight into the imagination of one of the leading artists of the period represented by the Sotheby's evening sale.
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