This image provided by Christie's Images, Ltd, in New York, Friday Nov. 9, 2012, shows a work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series. (Associated Press/Christie's Images Ltd.)

This image provided by Christie's Images, Ltd, in New York, Friday Nov. 9, 2012, shows a work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series. (Associated Press/Christie's Images Ltd.)