Date: 21 June 2007
A view of the River Thames painted by Claude Monet has sold for almost £18m - more than twice its estimated price
Claude Monet masterpiece sells for £18m
An anonymous telephone bidder paid £17,940,000 for Waterloo Bridge, Temps Couvert during a sale at Christie's auction house in London.
The sale - the second highest price fetched for a Monet - kicked off a week of huge sales on the London art market.
Monet's Nympheas, an iconic image of water lilies, is expected to make £10-£15m at auction on Tuesday.
It is one of only a few of the lily paintings still in private hands, and will go under the hammer at Sotheby's as part of the auction house's impressionist and modern art sale.