Van Gogh’s rare masterpiece ‘Street Scene in Montmartre’ sells for $ 15.4 million


PARIS – A rare Vincent Van Gogh painting was sold at auction Thursday by Sotheby’s Paris for 13.1 million euros ($ 15.4 million).

The sale of “Street Scene in Montmartre” was highly anticipated, as it was one of the few paintings by the Dutch Impressionist master that was still in private hands. The auction house expected it to sell for between 5 and 8 million euros.

Sotheby’s said the work had remained in the same family collection for more than 100 years, out of public view.

It represents a windmill called the Pepper Mill, seen from the street under a bright sky, with a man, a woman and a girl walking in front of wooden palisades that surrounded the place.

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It was painted in 1887, a year after Van Gogh moved to Paris and lived in Montmartre while staying with his brother Theo. He left the French capital in 1888 for the south of France, where he lived until his death in 1890.

It was one of more than 30 works that Sotheby’s sold on Thursday by masters such as Modigliani, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Degas, Klee and Magritte.

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