Monet paint­ing goes for a motza

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A PAINT­ING of Lon­don’s River Thames by French Im­pres­sion­ist Claude Monet has sold for $US27.6 mil­lion ($A40.3 mil­lion) at New York’s Novem­ber art auc­tions, Sotheby’s says.

The auc­tion house said the 1903 art­work Char­ing Cross Bridge, part of Monet’s fa­mous “Lon­don” se­ries, was Tues­day’s top lot.

The at­mo­spheric paint­ing de­pict­ing the rail­way bridge steeped in fog had been in a fam­ily col­lec­tion for 40 years. Other high­lights of the sale in­cluded a bronze sculp­ture by Al­berto Gi­a­cometti, clas­sic Im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings by Gus­tave Caille­botte and Paul Signac, and a record-break­ing paint­ing by Ta­mara De Lem­picka.

Sotheby’s “Im­pres­sion­ist and Mod­ern Art Evening Sale” net­ted $US209m

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