The painting Street scene in Montmartre of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was auctioned on Thursday in Paris for an amount of 13 million euros, auction house Sotheby’s reports. That is considerably higher than the 5 to 8 million euros that was initially assumed.
The painting was made by Van Gogh in 1887 when he lived with his brother Theo in the French capital. The painting shows a man and woman walking arm in arm along a fence, with a mill in the background, in the Parisian district of Montmartre. Street scene in Montmartre is part of a series of paintings Van Gogh made of the neighborhood.
The Dutch painter lived in Paris between 1886 and 1888. He then moved to the South of France because he had had enough of the hectic life in the city.
The painter’s unique work was in the hands of a French family for over a century and has never been on display before. The authenticity of the artwork has been confirmed by the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum.
It is not known who the new owner is. It is clear that bids came from Paris, New York and Hong Kong.
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