Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Manet Self-Portrait Sells for £22 Million

Tuesday, at Sotheby's in London, England a self-portrait of Edouard Manet painted between 1878 and 1879 sold for a record £22,441,250 million British pounds (roughly $33.1 million US dollars).  The painting titled "Edouard Manet with Palette" was one of only two Manet self-portraits and was purchased by an anonymous bidder.

Tuesday's sale is the highest amount ever paid for a Manet painting.  In 1989, a Manet painting fetched £16 at an auction in New York City, New York.

Edouard Manet, a French impressionist, is considered by many to be the father of the Impressionist movement.  Impressionism led to the creation of 'modern art'.  Manet was born January 23, 1832 in Paris, France and died April 30, 1883.  Some of his notable works are "Music in the Tuileries", "Luncheon on the Grass" and "Olympia".

To see "Edouard Manet with Palette", click here.

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