Picasso-Monet-Matisse fetch top dollar at Rockefeller auction
New York May 9 (IANS) Paintings by Pablo Picasso Claude Monet and Henri Matisse hit record high prices during an auction of Peggy and David Rockefeller s collection at Christie s here in the US.
Pablo Picasso s work from 1905 "Fillette a la corbeille fleurie" was sold for $115 million the highest price so far in the auction.
Painted circa 1914-1917 Monet s 160.3 x 180 cm "Nympheas en fleur" garnered $84.6 million Efe news reported.
In addition Matisse s 60.5 x 81.1 cm oil on canvas "Odalisque couchee aux magnolias" painted in Nice in 1923 was sold for $80.7 million.
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller with more than 1 500 items of art furniture porcelain lighting and dÃ©cor included works by Picasso Matisse Monet Gauguin Miro Manet Renoir and Hopper.
A work done in 1931 by Mexican artist Diego Rivera "The Rivals" which depicts a traditional party in the Mexican state of Oaxaca was also one the highlights of the event and could fetch $7 million.
The collection valued at over $500 million was put up for auction one year after the death of philanthropist David Rockefeller and the money raised will go to charitable causes chosen by his heirs.