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Hokusai's 'Great Wave' print sells for record $2.8m in New York

Iconic image by Japanese artist fetches more than quadruple Christie's projected price

Katsushika Hokusai's "Under the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa" was sold for $2.76 million at Christie's in New York on March 21. (Photo courtesy of Christie's)

NEW YORK -- One of the most famous of Japan's ukiyo-e woodblock prints has sold for $2.76 million at the Christie's auction house in New York, a record for a print by Katsushika Hokusai.

"Under the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa" depicts boats in rough waters with Mount Fuji in the background, and is part of the "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series.

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