London has some of the best museums in the world.
It equally attracts a lot of tourists that
visit solely on this attraction alone.
It gets so crowded with tour and school groups side by side with regular visitors and locals trying to enjoy the art.
So a local and insider tip to any Londoners and tourists
out there is to go and visit the leading auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's.
Sotheby's is having an Impressionist and Modern Art Sale on the 23rd of June.
Before any auction held, the items to go under the hammer are displayed for at least a few days before the day of the sale.
|Renoir's artistic version of "Look but don't touch."|
Several times a year there are world class and museum pieces that go on sale.
These works of art rarely come up for sale so they group them in one or two sales a year.
This is an iconic piece from Monet that would not be out of place at any Parisian Museum or the National Gallery.
But at an estimated price of £20 - 30 million pounds
(not necessarily the same as the price it will be sold at),
the sad truth is that this painting will not be able to be viewed again for most of us.
The buyers are usually billionaires who purchase for private residential viewing or as part of a special investment. Or it might be sold to a private hedge fund who displays it in a board room which is also difficult to access for the general public.
Who would you guess sketched this below?
It was by Monet.
I was a bit surprised when I went up close to see who it was by.
But this sort of "unfinished" piece or
less dramatic pieces don't get shown in most museums.
The reason is because a lot of museums just don't have the space so they have to make decisions to give the public the best curated art which means this level of art is stored in vaults below.
I know that £50 - 70k is a lot of money but for most museums this wouldn't make the cut for a general exhibition so I appreciate having the opportunity to see other works by Monet other than what he has become "branded" for.