Manet canvas sets record at Christie’s $166-million sale of Impressionist art Reuters

A woman looks at ''Le Printemps'', Edouard Manet's 1881 portrait of the actress Jeanne Demarsy, during a media preview at Christie's auction house in New York, October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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(Reuters) – A celebrated 1881 portrait by French Impressionist Edouard Manet on Wednesday smashed the record for the artist when it sold for $65.1 million at Christie’s, going far towards the auction house’s solid total takings of $165.6 million.

“Le Printemps,” an oil painting owned by the same family for a century, had been estimated to sell for as much as $35 million, but half a dozen bidders competing for the work, most of them via telephone, helped drive up the price.

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