Van Gogh makes big impression at auction
A canvas by Vincent van Gogh has fetched $106.6 million ($US81.3 million) in an auction at Christie’s.
The 1889 painting Laboureur dans un champ was sold by the estate of billionaire couple Nancy Lee Bass and Perry R Bass.
It had been estimated to bring in $65 million at the sale of Impressionist and modern art in New York.
The buyer was Rebecca Wei, president of Christie’s Asia, on behalf of a client.
The work was created during the tortured Dutch artist’s one-year stay at the insane asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in southern France.
The auction record for Van Gogh was set in 1990 with the $108.2 million sale of Portrait du Dr Gachet, according to the Artnet database of auction prices.
Earlier during Monday’s sale, Fernand Leger’s 1913 Cubist composition Contraste de formes, fetched $91.9 million.
That was an auction record for the French artist whose previous high was $51.4 million, according to Artnet.
Prices include an auction house commission. Christie’s said its flagship evening sale netted a total of $628 million.
Vincent Van Gogh's Laboureur dans un champ, top, and Portrait du Dr Gachet, far right. Fernand Leger’s 1913 Cubist composition Contraste de formes, right.