Monet 'Haystacks' masterpiece sells for record-breaking €99m
An "undisputed" masterpiece by French impressionist Claude Monet has smashed world records by selling for nearly €99m.
'Meules', from the painter's acclaimed 'Haystacks' series, went under the hammer at Sotheby's New York for $110.7m (€98.8m).
The sale set a new auction world record for a work by Monet and was the first example of impressionist art to cross the $100m threshold at auction.
The hammer price was some 44 times the figure it raised when it was last sold in 1986, Sotheby's said.
Described as "the most glorious and effusive work" from the 'Water Lilies' artist's famed 'Haystacks' series, the evocative 'Meules' depicts a row of haystacks casting long shadows in the warm glow of the sun.