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Big Money for Monet at Record-Shattering Auction

French artist's painting goes for $110.7M, a world record for impressionist art

(Newser) - Like a fine wine, this Claude Monet piece just got better with age. Or more valuable, at any rate: An 1890 oil painting from the French artist's "Haystacks" (or "Meules") series sold Tuesday at Sotheby's for $110.7 million—the first time an impressionist painting... More »

Guy Gets 5 Years for Punching $12M Monet

Andrew Shannon also had paint thinner on him in 2012 attack

(Newser) - Andrew Shannon put his hand through a $12 million Monet at the National Gallery Ireland two years ago, and it looks like he'll be spending the next five years behind bars for his trouble. Though he initially told cops that he was trying to "get back at the... More »

Scientists Determine Exact Minute Monet Made Painting

That would be 4:53pm on Feb. 5, 1883

(Newser) - That Claude Monet painted his classic Étretat: Sunset in 1883 is old news. That he painted it at precisely 4:53pm on Feb. 5 of that year is what's new—the result of a nifty bit of sleuthing by researchers at Texas State, reports the Telegraph . The key... More »

Picasso, Matisse, Monet Works Stolen in Huge Heist

Several paintings lifted from Kunsthal Museum

(Newser) - Several paintings have been stolen in an overnight break-in at a Dutch museum, including a Picasso, a Matisse, and two Monets, the BBC reports. The Kunsthal Museum has no permanent collection, and is currently showing works by more than 150 famous artists as part of the Triton Foundation's 20th... More »

7-Year-Old 'Mini Monet' Sells His Art for $240K

Hue and cry over new prodigy

(Newser) - He has the touch of an Impressionist master but he prefers Gameboys to waistcoats. And he's only been painting a couple of years because he recently turned 7. But Kieron Williamson, known in the British press as "Mini Monet," is enjoying the buzz of an established artist because... More »

Christie's Sells Picasso for $51.2M

But many others go unsold at big auction

(Newser) - Mixed news for the world of art today out of London: A 1903 Picasso (Portrait d'Angel Fernandez de Soto) sold for a healthy $51.2 million, but 16 of 62 paintings went unsold at Christie's major auction. The big non-seller was a Monet waterlily painting (Nympheas) expected to fetch $30... More »

Stolen Art Found in Parking Lot

4 paintings snatched from Swiss museum recovered

(Newser) - The four 19th-century paintings stolen from a Swiss museum have reportedly been found in an unlocked car parked outside a Zurich psychiatric hospital. Although police have not yet confirmed the find, Swiss media are reporting that the $168 million worth of loot—one work each by Cézanne, Degas, Monet,... More »

$160M in Art Stolen in Zurich

'Spectacular' heist nets 4 masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and Cezanne

(Newser) - A gang of armed art thieves absconded with four masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and Cezanne worth $160 million from a Zurich museum yesterday. The brazen daytime robbery follows a theft of two Picassos in Switzerland just two days earlier. The three masked thieves confronted a guard with guns,... More »

Five Busted in Monet Vandalism

One in drunken pack had link to museum

(Newser) - Four men and a woman have been arrested for allegedly punching a hole in a Monet masterpiece at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. One admitted damaging the painting, and another knew how to access the building through a rear entrance because of a work history with the institution, police... More »

Vandals Punch Hole in Monet

Group broke into Paris museum during all-night culture festival

(Newser) - Four or five people broke into a Paris museum on Sunday and punched a hole in a Monet. The group broke open a back door to the Musee d'Orsay and fled when an alarm sounded, but not before tearing a four-inch hole in "Le Pont d'Argenteuil," a scene... More »

Iran Guards Hidden Art Trove

Top modern art collection kept in the basement of Iranian museum

(Newser) - A basement chock full of Picassos, Monets, and almost every important Western Modernist painter—surely the Louvre? Au contraire, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. That’s where the LA Times’ Kim Murphy found a treasure trove of painstakingly cared-for paintings that have seen the light of day but once... More »

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