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Thirteen million euros is the tidy sum that a Van Gogh painting reached on Thursday at a Sotheby's auction in Paris. This is one of the last paintings by the Dutch master of Fauvism showing the Butte Montmartre. </p><div> <p>It only took a few minutes for the table to greatly exceed its estimate of between 5 and 8 million euros. One of the rare Van Gogh paintings still belonging to private individuals sold in about ten minutes to reach 13 million euros.
The sale organized by Sotheby’s Paris was carried out live with bidders in London, New York and Hong Kong as well as with anonymous people on the internet. And it was ultimately a bidder on the web who won.
The painting dated 1887 shows a street scene in Montmartre where we see the Moulin à Poivre, one of the Moulins de la Galette, behind palisades, against a background of a blue-gray winter sky. In the foreground, a couple are walking and two children are playing.
The painting listed in the catalogs (with black and white photos) had never appeared since it was acquired by a French family around 1920.
The last Van Gogh auctioned off, “Plowman in a Field”, dating from 1889, had reached $ 81 million in 2017 at Christie’s in New York.
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