A Vincent Van Gogh landscape painting of the Dutch countryside sold for millions at an auction in Paris Monday.
Van Gogh’s 1882 painting “Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes” was sold for $8.27 million, the Daily Mail reported. This is one of the tormented artist’s early works that depicts peasant women working on a field complete with a cloudy sky in the Netherlands.
The Dutch artist painted this work at age 29 and it is based on the countryside by The Hague, a city in the western Netherlands. (RELATED: Rare Ancient Chinese Bowl Is Auctioned Off For $30 Million)
“It’s fetched such a high price [compared to the estimate] because there are hardly any Van Goghs on the market,” said the auctioneer, Francis Briest, according to the BBC. The artist’s work was valued between an estimated $3.3 to $5.84. million. (RELATED: Famous Winnie-The-Pooh Sketch Up For Auction)
Early landscape painting by Vincent Van Gogh of women peasants working on land sells for €7.07 million https://t.co/2IEdHzJxDP
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“You can only find them in private collections or museums, and therefore buyers are prepared to pay over the odds for a work of this quality and importance,” Briest added. (RELATED: A Once Scandalous Nude Painting Sold For $157 Million)
The painting was bought by a buyer from America. This is the first Van Gogh painting auctioned by Paris in over 20 years. (RELATED: Vase Found In Old Shoe Box Set To Go For $600K In Auction)
Van Gogh’s renowned “Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppie” painting went for an astonishing $61.8 million in 2014. However, this is nothing compared to his “Portrait of Dr Gachet” which went for $82.5 million in 1990.
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