Monet’s Grainstack fetches $81.4m at Christie’s

THE ART NEWSPAPER | Ermanno Rivetti:

“Someone will buy this,” said the auctioneer Andreas Rumbler, through gritted teeth, as opening bids beyond $35m for Claude Monet’s Meule (Grainstack) (1891) failed to materialise during the Impressionist and Modern art evening sale at Christie’s yesterday (16 November). The work carried no guarantee and a wave of nervous laughter rippled through the room. But then the bidding began. Over the next 14 minutes, the work inched past its estimate of around $45m and, during the final phone battle between a US and a Chinese bidder, Rumbler, the deputy chairman of Christie’s Switzerland, told the bidders “You have to hurry up now,” prompting a different kind of laughter altogether… Read more

Image: Claude Monet’s Meule (Grainstack) (1891) (Image: © Christie’s Images Limited 2016)