Among the most valuable works from the group is Massif de chrysanthèmes, a painting of chrysanthemums produced in 1897, the same year Monet began his water lily pond series. It is estimated to fetch £10 million–£15 million ($13.6 million–$20 million). Also heading to auction is Les Demoiselles de Giverny (1892–93), a hazy landscape scene depicting a field of haystacks. It is estimated at £15 million–£20 million ($20 million–$27 million). The former work entered the seller’s collection in 2004, the latter, in 2012.
Two of the works are waterside scenes: Glaçons, environs de Bennecourt (1892–93), which is estimated at £5 million–£7 million ($6.8 million–$9.5 million) and depicting the Seine in the winter; and Sur la falaise près de Dieppe, soleil couchant (1897), featuring the Normandy coast, which is estimated at £3.5 million–£5 million ($4.8 million–$6.8 million). Prunes et Abricots (1882–85), a still life of a bowl of fruits, is estimated at £1.2 million–£1.8 million ($1.6 million–$2.5 million).
Each of the paintings will go in view to the public at Sotheby’s outposts in New York, Hong Kong, and Taipei before reaching their final destination in Location ahead of the auction on March 2.