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Monet 'Grainstack' painting heads to auction in November

Published: October 16, 2016 4:00 AM
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NEW YORK -- A painting from Claude Monet's acclaimed "Grainstack" series is heading to auction next month and Christie's says 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.

The one at Christie's Nov. 16 impressionist and modern art evening sale is one of a few still in private hands.

Prior to the New York sale, "Grainstack" will be previewed at Christie's galleries in Hong Kong on Oct. 17-19 and in London on Oct. 24-25.

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


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