Claude Monet's Le Grand Canal (1908) was the top lot of Sotheby's impressionist and modern art evening auction in London on February 3 with a final bid of £23.6m ($35.5m).
The sale proved the biggest ever held in the capitol, pulling in £170.2m ($258.3m).
Le Grand Canal was one of five paintings by Monet to star, which sold for a combined £55.3m ($84m).
Helena Newman, Sotheby's joint head of impressionist & modern art, commented prior to the sale: "The market for works by Claude Monet has now reached an all-time point of strength, with bidders coming from four times as many countries as a decade ago."
Henri Matisse's Odalisque au Fauteuil Noir achieved the second highest bid of the night. It sold for £15.8m ($23.7m), an increase of 31.6% on a £12m ($18m) estimate.
The work was described by the house as "one of the finest of the artist's celebrated 'Odalisque' paintings to come to the market."
The record for Matisse's work stands at $46.2m, set for Les coucous, tapis bleu et rose at Christie's in 2009.
Harry Smith, managing director of art advisory Gurr Johns, told Bloomberg News: "There were no fireworks, but there was no picture here that was massively underpriced such that it would cause fireworks."
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