A painting by Vincent Van Gogh brought 1.3 million dollars at auction last night (25 February) at the Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City.
A painting by Vincent Van Gogh brought 1.3 million dollars at auction last night (25 February) at the Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City. It was the highest price ever paid for a work by the artist.
The previous auction record at christie's in London for a Van Gogh was 420,000 dollars in 1968.
Last night's purchase went to a buyer who asked the galleries not to divulge even the country of his residence. The picture, "Le Cypres et l'Arbe en Fleurs", shows cypress trees rising from a cornfield into a sky of swirling clouds.
A few minutes after the sale, the only other Van Gogh in the auction, "Le Labourer", was sold for 875,000 dollars to the Beyeler Gallery of Basle, Switzerland. The two Van Goghs brought the highes prices of any of the 72 paintings in the auction.
Both paintings came out of Van Gogh's great period, during the year before his suicide in 1890 while he was trying to regain sanity in the hospital at St. Remy in Provence, France.