Gustav Klimt's 'Bauerngarten' sells for record $59.3m

Updated March 2, 2017 ● 193 views

A painting by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt has become the third most expensive artwork ever sold at auction in Europe. 

The oil painting called "Bauerngarten" was painted in 1907. It pictures a garden filled with poppies, daisies and other flowers. It was sold for $59.3m at a Sotheby's auction of Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist works in London.

On the action, Sotheby's billed the masterpiece as "one of the greatest works by Klimt ever to appear at auction." Bauerngarten had remained in a private collection since 1994, most recently going on display in 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art London's "Painting the Modern Garden" exhibition.

The only works that have sold for more money in London are Alberto Giacometti's "Walking Man," which sold for $104.3m in 2010, and Peter Paul Rubens' "The Massacre of the Innocents," which sold for $76.7m in 2002.



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