August 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Claude Monet's rarely seen "Water Lilies" sold at auction in New York for just over $27 million.
The 1907 painting of his beloved Giverny, France, garden sold Tuesday at Christie's to an undisclosed bidder.
The work was part of late copper heiress Huguette (OO'-gheht) Clark's estate. It has not been publicly exhibited since 1926.
Christie's is selling hundreds of items from her collection after a feud over her estate was settled in the fall.
"Water Lillies" had been expected to sell for $25 million to $35 million.
Pablo Picasso's 1942 "Portrait of Dora Maar" sold for $22.5 million.
Wassily Kandinsky's 1909 abstract "Beach Scene" fetched $17.2 million.
Those works came from the estate of German collectors Viktor and Marianne Langen and were at auction for the first time.
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