Rarely-seen Claude Monet painting may fetch PS24 million at auction

June 21st, 2008 - 4:00 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 21 (ANI): A rare Claude Monet painting, which has been seen in public only once in the past 80 years, is expected to fetch 24 million pounds at an auction at Christies.

The sale of Monet’s ‘Le bassin aux nympheas’ is thought to be the most valuable sales ever to be held in Europe. It estimated to be worth between 18 million pounds to 24 million pounds.

The rare painting in the series of four large-scale pictures, signed and dated by the artist in 1919, is expected to break the record of a painting titled Le Pont du chemin de fer a Argenteuil that was sold for 41 million dollars in New York last year, reports the Telegraph.

The auction also includes works by Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Jeff Koons, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, which are expected to fetch more than 220 million pounds.

The Water Lily painting is on display at Impressionist and Modern Art on at Christie’s till June 24. (ANI)

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