Van Gogh’s ‘A Street Scene in Montmartre’ painted in 1887 sells for $16.5 mln

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A Vincent Van Gogh painting of a Paris street scene, held in a private collection for over a century, sold for 14 million euros ($16.50 million) at auction on Thursday.

Auction house Sotheby’s had set an estimated value of between 5 million euros and 8 million euros for “A Street Scene in Montmartre”, painted in 1887 while the artist was lodging with his brother Theo in the French capital.

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The Sotheby’s team held the auction from Paris with bidding online or by phone from Paris, New York and Hong Kong.

The 14 million euros bid was placed online just as the hammer was coming down to clear a bid at 13.05 million euros.

The painting, which depicts a man and woman strolling arm in arm past a ramshackle fence with a windmill in the background, came from the private collection of a French family.

It is part of a series that Van Gogh produced of scenes in Montmartre, a hilly district of Paris now dominated by the Sacre Coeur church.

Van Gogh arrived in Paris in 1886. He left the city in 1888, saying he had tired of the hectic pace of Paris life.

He moved to the south of France, where he cut off part of his ear during an episode of mental illness. The artist later shot himself and died near Paris on July 29, 1890.

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