Sotheby’s to Sell Rarely Seen Vincent van Gogh Painting in Paris –

A painting by Vincent van Gogh from 1887, which has been in a private collection for over 100 years, will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in an auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in Paris on March 25th. The work, entitled Scène de rue à Montmartre, will be shown publicly for the first time since its inception in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris prior to sale.

The painting, presented by Sotheby’s in collaboration with the French auction house Mirabaud Mercier, is expected to sell for 5 to 8 million euros (approx. 6 to 9.7 million US dollars). It shows the Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre and was created during the time when van Gogh was living in Paris with his brother Theo.

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“Only a few paintings from Van Gogh’s Montmartre period are still in private hands. Most of the series are now in prestigious museum collections around the world,” said Aurélie Vandevoorde and Etienne Hellman, senior directors of Sotheby’s Impressionism and Modern Art a statement in France. “The appearance on the market of a work of this caliber and such a cult series is undoubtedly an important event and indeed an opportunity for collectors of the artist and the art market in a broader sense.”

Claudia Mercier and Fabien Mirabaud added in a press release: “The moment we saw this painting for the first time, we were immediately fascinated.”

The reappearance of the Scène de rue à Montmartre isn’t the only big news from van Gogh lately. Earlier this month it was announced that Christie’s will be selling a seldom-drawn portrait called La Mousmé (1888) in New York in March. An early Van Gogh painting is missing after being stolen from the Singer Laren Museum almost a year ago.

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