Monet's Le Parlement, Soleil Couchant to make $45m?

Claude Monet's Le Parlement, Soleil Couchant is among the headline lots of a modern and impressionist art sale at Christie's on May 11.

The lot is valued at $35m-45m.

It's one of a series of high profile impressionist and modern works going under the hammer at Christie's New York this May.

Monet Parlement painting
Monet captured the scene of London's Houses of Parliament in 1902

The auction house comments: "Works by the most celebrated artists of the era will be offered for sale across two Evening Sales, two Day sales, and one companion Online-Only sale this season, making it one of the largest and most diverse auctions season for this category in recent memory."

Brooke Lampley, Christie's head of impressionist and modern art, added: "This May we are excited to present the broadest possible spectrum of prime examples from the Impressionist and Modern movements - from a classic Impressionist Monet, to the tour de force abstractions of Brancusi and Mondrian - within the context of our new and innovative sale calendar.

"Every season we witness a growing appetite for exceptionally rare and exemplary works of this period, spanning medium, style and date."

Pablo Picasso's Les Femmes d'Alger is also on offer, with an estimate of around $140m, just shy of the $142.4m auction record, held by Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud.

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