Photographer Martha Cooper was taking snapshots in the Bronx for the New York Post one day in the early 1980s, when she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. “I can introduce you to a king,” one of the boys she had been photographing proposed. Cooper immediately said yes.
Hot on the heels of last month’s record-setting auction of Claude Monet’s 1891 Meules, Sotheby’s is hoping for another big sale with his 1908 Nymphéas. Estimated to sell for $31.9-44.6 million, the canvas likely won't touch the $110.7 million record for Monet that Meules set. But water lilies, along with haystacks, are some of Monet’s most famous subjects, and with the market primed for Monet works, the sale could exceed its high estimate.