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The Latest: Claude Monet painting fetches $81.4M in NYC

Associated Press Associated Press 17/11/2016

NEW YORK — The Latest on Christie's New York auction of impressionist and modern art (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

A painting from Claude Monet's acclaimed "Grainstack" series fetched $81.4 million at Christie's New York auction of impressionist and modern art.

Wednesday evening's sale set a new auction record for the artist. The previous auction record for a Monet was $80.4 million set in 2008.

The 1891 painting, shimmering with hues of reds, pinks, blues and yellow, depicts a close-up of a single cone-shaped stack after harvest.

Monet's "Grainstack" series — 25 in all — was painted just steps from his home outside a farmer's field in the French village of Giverny (ZHEE'-vehr-nee).

The work offered at Christie's Wednesday was one of a few still in private hands.

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9:30 a.m.

A painting from Claude Monet's acclaimed "Grainstack" series is leading Christie's New York auction of impressionist and modern art where it could realize around $45 million.

The 1891 painting, shimmering with hues of reds, pinks, blues and yellow, depicts a close-up of a single cone-shaped stack after harvest.

Monet's "Grainstack" series — 25 in all — was painted just steps from his home outside a farmer's field in the French village of Giverny (ZHEE'-vehr-nee).

The work being offered at Christie's on Wednesday evening is one of a few still in private hands.

The auction record for a Monet is $80.4 million set in 2008.

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