Claude Monet painting sells for record $110.7M US

A Claude Monet painting from his celebrated

A Claude Monet painting from his celebrated"Meules series drew $110.7 million at Sotheby's in New York in an auction record for the French Impressionist master

Meules, from the painter's acclaimed Haystacks series, went under the hammer at Sotheby's NY for $110.7 million (£85.77m) on Tuesday night.

One of Claude Monet's iconic paintings of haystacks has fetched a record $US110.7 million ($A159.4 million) at an auction in NY.

"The winning bid shatters the previous record for the highest sum ever paid for a work by Monet, signalling the enduring value and popularity of the French impressionist master; the bid is also the record for any impressionist work of art", Sotheby's said.

Monet painted his 25 "Meules" compositions during 1890-1891 at his home in Giverny, in France's Normandy region.

The works are widely acclaimed for capturing the play of light on his subject and for their influence on the Impressionist movement.

Sotheby's said the painting was acquired by wealthy Chicago socialites directly from Monet's dealer in the 1890s and remained in the family until it was bought at auction in 1986 by the present sellers for $2.53 million.

The auction house did not identify the painting's buyer, who beat out five other bidders in an eight-minute auction in New York City.

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