As far as we can tell, it has never been seen in public, a president of Christie’s says about Monet’s painting Giverny Gardens.
Christie’s announced on Thursday that it will be offering Claude Monet’s painting Le Bassin aux nymph (1917-1919) at its evening auction for the 20th century in New York in November. The painting, which is being sold with collateral, has an estimated value of $ 65 million.
Monet’s painting Giverny Gardens, two meters wide and one meter high, was on Monet’s estate when he died in 1926. According to the auction house, it has been in the same private collection since 1972.
As far as we can tell, it has never been seen in public, which also means that it is in excellent condition, Max Carter, vice president of Christie’s Art of the 20th and 21st centuries, America, told the Financial Times.
Monet’s auction record was last set in May 2019, when Sotheby’s sold the artist’s 1890 landscape mules (haystacks) for $110.7 million, more than double the $55 million estimate. At the time, the work was the highest price ever achieved for an Impressionist work and had already been sold for $ 2.53 million at Christie’s New York in May 1986.
In 2018, Nymph Elymas en fleur (1914-17), also a painting of the artist’s gardens, was sold for $ 84.7 million at Christie’s New York from the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. This price was the previous record for the artist until the sale of the haystack painting.