Claude Monet
Le Grand Canal
Sotheby’s New York
Nov. 2, 2005
est. $12 million-$16 million
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Oct. 24, 2005

Get ready for some fireworks. The November sales of Impressionist, modern and contemporary art promise to be grander than ever. The trend has been upwards for several seasons now -- artworks by the most popular artists routinely sell for more than their presale high estimates -- and the market is giving no signs that it has peaked. The vigorous market is also serving to draw out some choice works in all auction categories.