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New York auctions feature trophy works by top artists

"Nature morte aux tulipes" by Pablo Picasso, shown here, will be offered at Christie's 20th Century Art Sale in New York the evening of May 9.

"Nature morte aux tulipes" by Pablo Picasso, shown here, will be offered at Christie's 20th Century Art Sale in New York the evening of May 9.

"Nature morte aux tulipes" by Pablo Picasso, shown here, will be offered at Christie's 20th Century Art Sale in New York the evening of May 9.
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Lot 41, Nymphéas by Claude Monet (1840-1926), signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1905’ (lower right), oil on canvas, is pictured in this handout photo from Christie's auction house. The Monet water lilies painting sold for nearly $43.8 million, while a Kandinsky fetched an artist's record $23 million as Christie's kicked off the auction season with a sale that saw many mid-level works failing to find buyers, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD/Handout

Lot 41, Nymphéas by Claude Monet (1840-1926), signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1905’ (lower right), oil on canvas, is pictured in this handout photo from Christie's auction house. The Monet water lilies painting sold for nearly $43.8 million, while a...more

Lot 41, Nymphéas by Claude Monet (1840-1926), signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1905’ (lower right), oil on canvas, is pictured in this handout photo from Christie's auction house. The Monet water lilies painting sold for nearly $43.8 million, while a Kandinsky fetched an artist's record $23 million as Christie's kicked off the auction season with a sale that saw many mid-level works failing to find buyers, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD/Handout
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Lot 47, Studie fur Improvisation 8 by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), oil on card mounted on canvas, is pictured in this handout photo from Christie's auction house. A Monet water lilies painting sold for nearly $43.8 million, while this Kandinsky fetched an artist's record $23 million as Christie's kicked off the auction season with a sale that saw many mid-level works failing to find buyers, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD/Handout

Lot 47, Studie fur Improvisation 8 by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), oil on card mounted on canvas, is pictured in this handout photo from Christie's auction house. A Monet water lilies painting sold for nearly $43.8 million, while this Kandinsky...more

Lot 47, Studie fur Improvisation 8 by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), oil on card mounted on canvas, is pictured in this handout photo from Christie's auction house. A Monet water lilies painting sold for nearly $43.8 million, while this Kandinsky fetched an artist's record $23 million as Christie's kicked off the auction season with a sale that saw many mid-level works failing to find buyers, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD/Handout
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