It’s Van Gogh … going … gone!
For $ 15.4 million, a newly discovered Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece that a French family kept hidden for over 100 years now has a new home.
The expensive painting, titled “A Street Scene in Montmartre,” was sold Thursday during an auction broadcast live from Paris.
He trafficked exorbitantly high phone and online deals from art enthusiasts in the French capital, as well as New York and Hong Kong.
Although Van Gogh’s newly exhumed tour de force cost just over $ 15 million, it initially landed a staggering $ 16.47 million hammer offer.
But auction house Sotheby’s experienced an unspecified flaw in its online bidding system that forced sellers to redo the sale at the end of the event. The final offer, although minor, was accepted.
“A Street Scene in Montmartre”, originally drawn in 1887 while the renowned Dutch artist was visiting his brother Theo in Paris, depicts a couple strolling arm in arm by a windmill in front of a ramshackle house in the hilly town in the northern outskirts. from the city.
It is part of a series that Van Gogh produced of scenes in Montmartre, which is now dominated by the Sacré-Coeur church.
“The paintings in the Montmartre series are rare,” Aurelie Vandevoorde, director of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s in Paris, told AFP before this week’s auction.
“It is very likely that it will attract a lot of interest from private buyers, major Van Gogh collectors from around the world, and probably from institutions as well.”
The portrait was hidden in the private collection of an anonymous French family for more than a century; However, it is unclear why collectors chose to post it on the auction block now.
So far, no information about the buyer is available.
In 2017, Van Gogh’s “Laborer in a Field” from 1889 sold for $ 81 million at a sale in New York.