Van Gogh makes big im­pres­sion at auc­tion

The West Australian - - WORLD -

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.

Pictures: Christie's

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.

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