Van Gogh Sold in France After 20 Years
A painting by Van Gogh, the first to be sold in France for over 20 years, has sold in auction.
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'Raccommodeuses de filets dans les dunes' (Women mending nets in the fields) dates back to 1882 when Van Gogh was 29 years old. It sold for €7m at auction by Artcurial.
Trivia - The last Van Gogh painting sold in France occurred in the mid 90's when 'The Garden of Auvers' had sold for €8.5m.
The painting depicts women working on land which was painted by Van Gogh in the countryside surrounding The Hague in The Netherlands.
Trivia - It was the only landscape painted by Van Gogh in the Dutch period at the time.
During the auction, an intense bidding war led to the artwork moving past its estimate of €3m - €5m to sell for €7m to an American collector.
Van Gogh paintings are becoming increasingly hard to find on the market with his last work to sell in auction 'Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies' smashing its $50m estimate to sell for $61.6m in 2014.
Trivia - The Still Life painting was created in 1890 just weeks before the artist's death at the French home of his physician, Paul Gachet.
One of the factors to consider for it exceeding its estimate was due to the number of infrequent auctions featuring his work. This has motivated buyers to spend more because of their quality and/or importance.
Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in the world. With Tate Britain staging its first exhibition on him since 1947 next year, attendees will be able to explore his relationship with London where he lived in his early 20s. In addition, some of his most famous works such as Starry Night Over the Rhône will be on display.
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