Van Gogh Painting Fetches $66 Million at New York Auction

Van Gogh Painting Sells for over $66 million

Vincent Van Gogh died poor, depressed, and his work was vastly under appreciated. He lived a challenging and tragic life as an artist whose work was plagued by mental illness and ridiculed by many during his day. No one took him seriously as his work went against the grain of art that was considered “traditional”. Today he is considered to be one of the most prolific artists of all time, and his pieces often sell for millions. Recently one particular piece of his was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for the incredible price of $66.3 million dollars after an intense bidding war.

The paining is known as “Les Alyscamps” and it is a depiction of a autumn scene from somewhere in the south of France. Van Gogh worked on the painting for over two months back in 1888 when he was living in Arles, France. Originally the painting was expected to fetch some $40 million, however an anonymous art collector from Asia won the bid for a staggering $66.3 million.

It’s not unusual that we see works of art sell for these extreme prices, and given the fact that Van Gogh is consider by many to be one of the greatest who has ever lived, it’s no surprise as to why it sold for that much. While that is obviously an insane amount of money, a art piece like this one is also an investment; it will only increase in value over time.

Still as expensive as this particular one is, it isn’t the most expensive Van Gogh to have ever been sold. Back in 1990 his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet”, which is arguably his most famous piece, was sold at auction for $82.5 million. When you take into consideration for inflation, that would have cost some $148 million dollars today. Any Van Gogh is a piece that can elevate a one’s art collection from “respectable” to “priceless”. I’m sure the buyer of this piece is quite pleased with their purchase.

Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

Add Comment

Actors Basketball Players Bloggers Boxers Celebrities Criminals Football Coaches Football Players Golfers Hockey Coaches MMA NASCAR Olympians Politicians Skateboarders Soccer Coaches Soccer Players Tennis Wrestlers
Jamie Oliver
The Top Five Richest Chefs in the World
San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams & Mizuho Securities USA CEO John Koudounis Visit "Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo" On FOX Business Network
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Maria Bartiromo
Masaharu Morimoto
Masaharu Morimoto: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
bentley_tease.f9e6d150507.original-1024x451
New Bentley GT Model Teases Extreme Design
2005_maserati_mc12
A Rare 2005 Maserati MC12 sells for $1,575,000
1962-ferrari-250-gto-02
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Set to Sell for $55 Million
1967 Ferrari 330 P4
The One-Of-A-Kind 1967 Ferrari 330 P4
Niseko Village in Niseko, Japan
Top Five Hotels to Send Christmas Abroad
Sydney Plane 3
A $191,000 Flight is One Way to Ring in 2017
New Year's
Five Luxurious Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016
emirates-first-class-lounge-dubai-pool
The Top 5 Airport Lounges In The World
First Time Rolex
A Guide for the First-Time Rolex Buyer
rolex
Why We Love the The 2016 Rolex Air-King
watch up close
Why We Love the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thing Squelette
michael kors
The Top Five Michael Kors Women’s Watches
gucci kicks
The Top Five Women’s Sneakers Brands in 2016
nike
Five Upcoming Sneaker Collections to Check out in August
yeezy solar red
Five of the Most Expensive Sneakers at Sneakerness Berlin
sneakers
Five Sneaker Brands to Look for at New York Market Week
Vineyard
The Top Five Red Wines of 2016
The-Patron-Alquimia-Collection_Box-Front
Enjoy A $1000 Box of Tequila Infused Chocolates
john_walker_philip_lawson_johnston_limited_edition_2
John Walker Philip Lawson Johnston Limited Edition
whisky
Five Whiskey Brands That are On the Rise
Alpe d'Huez 2
Alpe d’Huez Voted Europe’s Best Ski Resort
four-seasons-oahu-01
The Four Seasons Gorgeous New Hawaiian Resort
Suite 1
Milan’s Excelsior Hotel Gallia Gets Best Hotel Suite
Spa Alila Rainforest Retreat 1
Spa Alila Rainforest Retreat at the Edge of the Valley