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Manet Self-Portrait Fetches $33 million at London Sale

June 22: View of French Impressionist Edouard Manet's 'Self Portrait,' which sold at auction at Sotheby's in London for $33 million.

June 22: View of French Impressionist Edouard Manet's 'Self Portrait,' which sold at auction at Sotheby's in London for $33 million.  (AP)

LONDON — A self-portrait by French painter Edouard Manet has sold for a record price of more than $33 million at a London auction.

Sotheby's says the portrait, painted between 1878 and 1879, was bought for $33.4 million by an anonymous bidder.

It was the highest price paid for a picture by Manet. The previous record for a Manet was 16 million pounds at a sale in New York in 1989.

Sotheby's says the painting, "Manet A La Palette," sold Tuesday evening was one of only two self portraits by the artist and ranks among the greatest of the Impressionist movement.