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Klimt painting sells for $59M in bumper London auction week

Mar 02, 2017 - Associated Press

LONDON (AP) - An exuberant floral landscape by Gustav Klimt has sold at auction for almost 48 million pounds - the third-highest price ever paid for an artwork in Europe.

"Bauerngarten (Flower Garden)," painted in 1907, went for 47.9 million pounds ($59.3 million) at Sotheby's in London.

Sotheby's Europe chairwoman Helena Newman said the painting was "one of the artist's greatest masterpieces ever to come to auction."

The only works to have fetched more in Europe are Alberto Gi...