Monet’s Hay Stack Could Fetch $45 Million at Christie’s Auctionby
A Claude Monet painting estimated to sell for $45 million will lead Christie’s Impressionist and modern art evening sale in New York next month.
The 1891 painting, “Meule,” of a hay stack at sunset, will be offered on Nov. 16, Christie’s said in a statement Friday. The work last appeared at auction in 1999 when it fetched $11.9 million. The current owner is an anonymous American collector who bought the work privately in 2002, the auction house said.
"Meule" will be on display in Hong Kong from Oct. 17-19 and in New York beginning Nov. 5.
Monet painted about 25 hay stack canvases the early 1890s, including the upcoming work, of which 19 are in public museum collections, said Conor Jordan, Christie’s deputy chairman of Impressionist and modern art.