New auction record for Manet painting in London

A self-portrait by Edouard Manet sold for 22.4 million pounds ($33 million) at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday.

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.

The oil on canvas work is in somber tones and shows the bearded artist wearing a bowler hat with a paint brush in hand.

Despite setting a new record, the painting that was sold Tuesday to a bidder in the room at Sotheby’s missed its maximum estimate price of 30 million pounds.