Water Lilies (or Nymphéas, pronounced: [nɛ̃.fe.a]) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926).

Monet water lilies painting sells for $27 million at auction: "Nympheas," a painting by the French Impressionist Claude Monet, sold for $24 million ($27 million with buyer's fees) at a Christie's auction of Impressionist and modern art in New York on Monday, Businessweek reports.

The painting, which featured Monet's famous water lilies, was owned by reclusive heiress Clark, who died in 2011 at the age of 104, leaving behind an estate valued at more than $300 million. Also sold at Monday's auction — which brought in a total of $285.9 million —

Dora Maar (November 22, 1907 – July 16, 1997) was a French photographer, poet and painter, best known for being a lover and inspiration of Pablo Picasso.

Picasso’s 1942 portrait of Dora Maar in a purple dress, which sold for $22.6 million, is one of ten works consigned by the Langen estate. Source: Christie's via Bloomberg

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