A work by Klimt sold for $ 79 million

An exuberant and colorful landscape full of flowers, painted by Gustav Klimt, was auctioned for nearly $ 79 million – the third highest ever paid for a work of art in Europe.

Bauerngarten , (the flower garden) painted by the Austrian artist, raised $ 78.75 million at Sotheby’s auctioneer in London.

The garden, filled with daisies, poppies and several other colorful flowers, was painted in 1907, atop the golden period of Klimt.

Sotheby’s President for Europe Helena Newman said it is one of the painter’s greatest masterpieces to be sold at an auction.

Most of his oil paintings of this caliber are found in important museums, and only a handful of his works have appeared in auction houses over the past decade.

The only other works that were sold more expensive in Europe were the sculpture of Giacometti The Walking Man who raised $ 107 million in 2010, and Rubens ‘painting The Innocents’ Massacre, which sold for $ 81 million in 2002.

Famous for its representations of female figures, the Austrian symbolist painter Klimt died in 1918.

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