This week, auction house Sotheby's personnel [photo] display “Scene de rue à Montmartre” (Street scene in Montmartre), a painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh.
The artwork painted in 1887 is to be on public display for the first time ahead of an auction next month. It has remained in the same family collection for more than 100 years, according to the auction house which did not reveal the identity of the owner.
A Sotheby’s impressionist painting expert says the new discovery is significant because it was created when the artist lived in Paris with his brother Theo (1886-1888). Before this Van Gogh’s paintings are much darker…it is as if he discovered color and light in Paris,” said The Sotheby’s source, “Color blows up into the painting.”
The newly discovered Van Gogh will be exhibited in March 2021 in Amsterdam, [Mar. 1-3]; Hong Kong [9-12] and Paris [16-23] before it goes on auction March 25 in Paris. Selling price is expected to be upwards of $10 million.
Media sources say, if countries get into the bidding, the price could escalate beyond belief taking it out of the hands of potential individual private citizen owners.
PillartoPost.org predicts final selling price $89.9 million to a major national museum in Moscow, Dubai, North Korea, Southeast Asia or Saudi Arabia.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)