The Most Expensive Van Gogh Paintings Sold in the Auction Room | Widewalls (2022)

There are very few artists whose oeuvre resonates as strongly or have the kind of star quality as acclaimed Dutch painter’s Vincent van Gogh’s works. An artist whose name has the same appeal in China as it does in Europe or the US attracts buyers from all over the globe that are willing to pay record-breaking prices at auction for the most expensive Van Gogh's paintings.

But that wasn’t always the case.

Born in a small town Groot-Zundert in the Netherlands, van Gogh was a replacement child conceived shortly after the death of his older sibling. A Post-impressionist artist, who's known for his erratic behavior just as much as for his vibrant imagery, suffered his first mental breakdown after a failed proposal attempt in 1873. In the early 1880s, he moved to Brussels to become an artist, but he was far from the celebrated figure we know today. Widely unknown during his lifetime the Dutch painter was not only struggling with physical illness but also with the lack of demand for his works.

Joining forces in 1888 with another famous artist, Paul Gauguin, van Gogh was ready to start what will be the most prolific part of his career. With vibrant energetic brushstrokes and striking bright colors, he depicted people of Arles and its captivating landscapes painted in all its glory. Flowers, forests, crop fields and of course sunflowers gave him an opportunity to practice his innovative use of colors especially yellow which he considered to be a symbol of emotional truth. It was there where he applied a new technique that juxtaposed the saturated colors in the background and one single figure appearing in the landscape.

Having famously severed his ear off after a passionate argument with Gauguin, the Dutch painter ended up in an asylum where he spent over a year. There, he portrayed a series of paintings documenting his injuries in his famous self-portraits with bandaged ear. In his final years, the artist returned to painting landscapes enriched with a deeply emotional component that conveys his feeling of loneliness and a desperate desire to regain his sanity.

During his lifetime, van Gogh managed to sell only a handful of his paintings and was forced to exchange some of his works for food or medical treatment. But his energetic brushstrokes, inventive perspectives, contrasting colors and contours and of course his tragic yet legendary life story made him into a worldwide celebrity granting him almost a rock star status among painters.

Today, van Gogh's exhibitions draw people like magnets and his works have become the most valuable possessions worth several million dollars. Though the majority of the prominent painter’s artworks are located in museums like the MoMA in New York, Musée d'Orsay in Paris and his very own museum in Amsterdam, only a few lucky and wealthy private collectors managed to get their hands on some of the artist’s recognizable pieces.

Scroll down to find out which paintings hold the title of costliest van Gogh's pieces sold at auctions.

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Featured image: Vincent van Gogh - L’Allee des Alyscamps, as seen at Sotheby's New York auction, via blogcdn.com; Portrait du Docteur Gachet. 1890 (detail); Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente, via Sotheby's.

L'homme est en mer

Painted in the asylum in October 1889, L'homme est en mer represents a vibrant yet deeply disturbing depiction of a young mother worried about her husband who is away at sea.

Like many other van Gogh paintings from that period, this portrait is marked with a bright, shimmering palette and striking color contrast. Warm yellow tones of the fire and the floor are set in juxtaposition with cold blue shades of the main subject’s dress and the wall behind her.

This van Gogh painting that evokes contemplative and almost dreamy sensation was sold to a private collector at Sotheby’s Evening Sale in 2015 for $24,462,000 (without buyer's premium).

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Featured image:Vincent Van Gogh - L'homme est en mer, via sothebys.com

Sous-bois

Sous-bois, a $24,5 million worth artwork, represents one of the very last paintings that acclaimed Dutch impressionist ever made. The painting is a part of a series depicting trees and undergrowth that was inspired by one of his favorite songs Charles Dickens poem, Ivy Green.

Green and yellow tones dominate the artwork that depicts a wild forest in full bloom. Van Gogh applied colors in short brushstrokes across the canvas and used the interplay between light and shadows to portray the filing of loneliness characteristic of his final works.

For more information about the painting that reached a multi-million dollars price at an auction, click here.

Featured image: Van Gogh - Sous-bois, via pinterest

Le Moissonneur (D'Apres Millet)

Among the first works that Van Gogh painted while he was recovering at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, Le moissonneur (d’après Millet) is an image based on a print by Van Gogh’s arguably most favorite artist, Jean-François Millet. Van Gogh painted 10 works, according to the 10 drawings Millet had produced in 1852.

Le moissonneur (d’après Millet) is one of just three in private hands (the other seven are now in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam). The painting depicts a reaper at work, sweeping his scythe in the fields.

Le Moissonneur (D'Apres Millet) reached a price of $27,426,970 at Christie's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London, and more details can be seen on this link.

Featured image: Vincent Van Gogh - Le Moissonneur (D'Apres Millet), via Christie's

Arbres Dans Le Jardin de L'Asile, 1889

Painted in October 1889,Arbres Dans Le Jardin de L'Asile is another work Van Gogh created during his stay at the asylum inSaint-Rémy-de-Provence. The work demonstrates the artist's total, intimate immersion within the landscape, but also the developing synthesis of pictorial ideas that he had been incorporating into his work.

A month before he painted this canvas, he wrote to his brother Theo: "I started working again a little—a thing I see from my window, a field of yellow stubble that is being ploughed.” In a subsequent letter to his brother, he wrote that "more than ever I have a pent-up fury for work, and I think that this will contribute to curing me.” Van Gogh's production during the fall of 1889 constitutes an astonishing run.

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This van Gogh painting was sold on May 15th, 2019 at Christie's New York during their Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale for $40,000,000.

More data on the work here.

Vue De Lasile Et De La Chapelle Saint-Paul De Mausole (Saint-Remy)

Created in mid-October 1889,Vue De Lasile Et De La Chapelle Saint-Paul De Mausole (Saint-Remy) depictsthe Twelfth-Century Romanesque tower and chapel at the entrance to the former Augustinian monastery of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The edifice was converted into a private asylum for the mentally ill, where the artist had been a patient in voluntary confinement since early May, due to his fits of temporal lobe epilepsy.

Van Gogh painted the worken plein airwhile an asylum attendant kept an eye on him. It is the only painting from the period which shows the buildings of Saint-Paul from the outside looking in.

The work was sold on May 15th, 2018 at Christie's New York during their Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale for $35,000,000.

More data about the work here.

L'Arlésienne, Madame Ginoux

L'Arlésienne: Madame Ginoux is the title given to a group of six similar paintings depicting Marie Ginoux, Van Gogh’slandlady. Both Vincent and Paul Gauguin stayed in Café de la Gare, for several moths in 1888 that was owned by madame Ginoux and her husband.

Madame Ginoux had a portrait session with both artists but while Paul Gauguin only produced a charcoal drawing of the women, his companion created an entire series of paintings depicting the subject in various situations.

While most pieces from the series belong to museums all over the globe, the portrait of Madame Ginoux with books become a part of a private collection in 2006.

The painting was sold by Christie's New York for $36 million, slightly below the low estimate, and all information about the sale can be found here.

Featured image:Van Gogh - L'Arlésienne, Madame Ginoux, via Christie's

Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente

The dramatic and atmospheric Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente painting conveys the restless feeling of anticipation. The dark cloud is disturbing the colorful landscape as field workers hurry to finish their harvest before the upcoming storm. Thick layers of strong, vibrant colors dominate the painting that presents one of the finest examples of artist’s Arles period.

Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente was sold for $48 million at Sotheby's in New York in 2015. For more information about the artwork visit this link.

Featured image:Van Gogh - Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente, via Sotheby's

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Nature Morte, Vase Aux Marguerites Et Coquelicots

The painting of a richly-colored bouquet of flowers was created mid-June 1890 at the very peak of Van Gogh's career. The masterpiece was painted at doctor Gachet's house and it was possibly traded in exchange for medical treatment.

The artwork depicting a bundle of poppies, daisies, and cornflowers was sold in 2014 at Sotheby's New York ago for the tremendous sum of $55 million. For more information about this painting, click here!

Featured image: Van Gogh - Nature Morte, Vase Aux Marguerites Et Coquelicots, via sothebys.com

L'Allee des Alyscamps

Van Gogh’s short yet fruitful collaboration with Paul Gauguin resulted in numerous relevant pieces, including L’Allee des Alyscamps, a painting created in 1888 in Arles.

The artwork depicts ravishing colors of the fall in all of their splendor, but also the ruins of Romanesque sarcophagi that can be seen peeking down the promenade, while peoplenonchalantly walk by.

This vibrant piece was sold to Asian private collector reaching the price of $59 million at Sotheby's New York sale dedicated to Impressionist and modern artworks in 2015. For more information about the painting, click here.

Featured image: Van Gogh - L’Allee des Alyscamps, via Sotheby's

Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe

Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe is considered to be the last self-portrait the painter ever made. The artwork represented a birthday gift for Van Gogh’s mother who was also an artist. It was created just after the artist had shaved his beard, following his admission to hospital forcutting off his ear.

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Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe was sold at a 1998 Christie's sale in New York for the hammer price of $65 million, which made it one of the most expensive pieces sold at the time. For more data on the piece, click here.

Featured image: Van Gogh - Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe, via Christie's

Laboureur Dans Un Champ

The view depicted in Laboureur Dans Un Champ was what Vincent Van Gogh saw from his asylum window every morning through the years 1889 and 1890. Depicting a ploughman tilling the soil on a wheat field is what the artist depicted almost a year after painting his previous piece.

When he started working on the painting, Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo:

Yesterday I started working again a little - a thing I see from my window - a field of yellow stubble which is being ploughed, the opposition of the purplish ploughed earth with the strips of yellow stubble, background of hills. Work distracts me infinitely better than anything else, and if I could once again really throw myself into it with all my energy that might possibly be the best remedy.

A few days later, he added:

I’m struggling with a canvas begun a few days before my indisposition. A reaper, the study is all yellow, terribly thickly impastoed, but the subject was beautiful and simple. I then saw in this reaper—a vague figure struggling like a devil in the full heat of the day to reach the end of his toil—I then saw the image of death in it, in the sense that humanity would be the wheat being reaped. So if you like, it’s the opposite of that Sower I tried before. But in this death is nothing sad, it takes place in broad daylight with a sun that floods everything with a light of fine gold. Good, here I am again, however I’m not letting go, and I’m trying again on a new canvas. Ah, I could almost believe that I have a new period of clarity ahead of me.

For more information about the artwork, which sold at Christie’s New York in 2017 for $72,000,000, click here.

Featured image: Van Gogh - Laboureur Dans Un Champ, via Christie's.

Portrait du Docteur Gachet

Another portrait made it to the top of our list.

The portrait of doctor Paul Gachet, who took care of the artist in the final years of his life, was sold to a private collector for the record price of $75 million in 1990 at Christie's in New York thus making it the most expensive van Gogh painting ever sold. The artwork depicts Dr. Gachet sitting at a table with his head bowed while leaning on his arm. We can also notice a foxglove on the table, a herb that was used at the time to make medicine for certain heart problems.

Van Gogh made two different versions of the painting, and the second piece can be seen at Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

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Featured image:Van Gogh - Portrait du Docteur Gachet, via Christie's. All images via their respective auction houses.

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The Most Expensive Van Gogh Paintings Sold in the Auction Room | Widewalls? ›

The portrait of doctor Paul Gachet, who took care of the artist in the final years of his life, was sold to a private collector for the record price of $75 million in 1990 at Christie's in New York thus making it the most expensive van Gogh painting ever sold.

What is the highest price paid for a van Gogh painting at auction? ›

1. Portrait of Dr Paul Gachet, $83m, 1990. Portrait of Dr Paul Gachet still holds the record for the most expensive Van Gogh, although it sold as long ago as 1990. At Christie's it fetched $83m, then the highest auction price for a work by any artist.

Who bought the most expensive van Gogh painting? ›

Irises by Van Gogh was the property of collector Joan Whitney Payson until her son sold the painting. Alan Bond purchased the painting on November 11, 1987, at Sotheby's New York for $53.9 million, according to the New York Times.

What is the most expensive painting to be sold at auction? ›

At an auction held at Christie's New York in 2016 during a contemporary art event, Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci turned into the most expensive painting ever sold, selling for $450 million at the end of a nineteen-minute bidding war. The winning bidder would later be revealed to be Saudi Arabia's Prince.

How much money is Vincent Van Gogh paintings worth? ›

Gachet — Vincent van Gogh. Sold way back in 1990 for $82.5 million USD (approximately $148-$152 million in today's money), Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet was painted in 1890 — the same year van Gogh died.

How much is Starry Night by Van Gogh worth? ›

$1 billion—Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night (1889)

Who owns the most Van Gogh paintings? ›

Thanks to Kröller-Müller's avid collecting of the artist's work, the Kröller-Müller Museum is home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh artworks in the world – behind only the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Between 1908 and 1929, Helene and Anton acquired 91 of his paintings and 180 works on paper.

Who owns Van Gogh's Starry Night? ›

It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. Widely regarded as Van Gogh's magnum opus, The Starry Night is one of the most recognizable paintings in Western art.

How much would Mona Lisa sell for? ›

On permanent display at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$900 million in 2021.

What is the most expensive painting in the world 2022? ›

What are the Most Expensive Paintings in the World (2022)
  1. Mona Lisa ($860 Million) When it comes to being expensive, the Mona Lisa easily tops the list. ...
  2. Salvator Mundi ($475.4 Million) ...
  3. Interchange ($328 Million) ...
  4. The Card Players ($288 Million) ...
  5. Nafea Faa Ipoipo ($229 Million)
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Who owns the most expensive painting in the world? ›

After a drawn-out 19-minute long bidding war, Salvator Mundi became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Sold from a private European collection, the winning buyer was later revealed to be Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

How much is the Mona Lisa worth today 2022? ›

Marca reports that as per Stéphane Distinguin, the CEO of the technology company Fabernovel, the Mona Lisa would be sold for nothing less than €50,000 million in 2022. In dollars, that's $53,729,008.08. However, another conflicting report claims that back in 1962, the painting's price was assessed at $100 million.

Can you buy an original Van Gogh? ›

Starting price for each piece is $35,000 meaning you can hang an "original" Van Gogh, or more accurately something pretty darn close, in your living room. Tackx claims color reproductions that are 95% accurate, a level at which you'd have to be a museum curator to notice.

How much is Vincent van Gogh sunflowers worth? ›

LONDON (AP) _ An anonymous buyer Monday paid $39.85 million for Vincent van Gogh's ″Sunflowers,″ a dazzling yellow work the artist once hoped to sell for $125. The price was more than triple the record for an auctioned painting.

What is Van Gogh's most famous painting? ›

Starry Night 1889

Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in the world. It has been reproduced onto placemats, cards, posters calendars, jigsaw puzzles etc. In short, EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. Van Gogh painted this iconic painting when he was at the mental asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Can I buy the original starry night? ›

You can own a museum-quality handmade art reproduction of "The Starry Night" by artist Vincent van Gogh in 1889. The oil painting will be reproduced on artist-level linen canvas by an expert painter. You can select from multiple sizing options and top quality frames. It is fully customizable.

Are Van Gogh prints worth anything? ›

For the record, no Van Gogh print--regardless of age or background--has any substantial monetary value. If you think you might have an original Van Gogh art work, then the best course of action would be to contact the Van Gogh Museum via this link that details their authentication procedures.

Where is the largest Van Gogh collection? ›

For the largest collection of Van Gogh works, head to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam where you will see over 200 of his paintings including The Potato Eaters, Almond Blossom, Wheatfield with Crows, self-portraits, plus many of his drawings and letters.

Who inherited Van Gogh fortune? ›

Up until his death in 1891, control of the collection was in the hands of Vincent's brother, Theo van Gogh. His widow, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, subsequently took over management of the collection. Following her death in 1925, her son, Vincent Willem van Gogh ('the Engineer'), assumed responsibility for his uncle's works.

Is the Van Gogh family rich? ›

Vincent van Gogh is known as an artist who didn't have much money. Is that correct? Van Gogh was not poor. From 1882, he received financial support from his brother Theo, who had been appointed manager of the Parisian branch of the Goupil art dealership.

How many paintings did Van Gogh sell before death? ›

According to popular lore, van Gogh sold only one painting in his entire life. This oft-repeated tale was challenged more than 30 years ago, but it still goes on. In fact, van Gogh sold at least two paintings in his lifetime, and some drawings as well.

Why are Van Gogh paintings so expensive? ›

An artist with an established reputation will make more than someone who is just starting out. People pay more for work by known artists. They pay more for known deceased artists, too – hence prices for Van Gogh's works.

What is Van Gogh self portrait worth? ›

Van Gogh Self-Portrait Sells for $71.5 Million - The New York Times.

Who Stole the Mona Lisa and why? ›

Meanwhile, the thieves had made a clean getaway. They were three Italians: two brothers, Vincenzo and Michele Lancelotti, and the ringleader, Vincenzo Perugia. He was a handyman who had worked for the Louvre to install the very same protective glass cases he had ripped from the "Mona Lisa."

Who owns the Sunflowers by Van Gogh? ›

Bought by the Yasuda insurance firm, it is now owned by their successor Sompo, and the painting is in a museum in the company's Tokyo headquarters. In 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, these two versions of Sunflowers will therefore both be on view in the Japanese capital.

Who owns the Mona Lisa? ›

It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris since 1797. The Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in the world.

What is Picasso's most expensive painting? ›

Picasso's Painting Is The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

DATE: May 14, 2015 – This past Monday, Picasso's “Women of Algiers (Version O)” sold at auction in New York for $179,365,000. The painting is considered to be one of the Pablo Picasso's most important works.

How much is the girl with the pearl earring worth? ›

Now, of course, it is priceless; the Mauritshuis would never sell it. In fact the last Vermeer to be publicly sold – in 2004 – went for $30 million, and it is nowhere near as good as Girl with a Pearl Earring.

How many times has the Mona Lisa been stolen? ›

To look back on this unusual art-historical lineage, ARTnews has charted below five times in which the Mona Lisa was vandalized or stolen.

What is the most expensive thing in the world? ›

There are so many expensive things in the world but the most expensive item is a 100-foot vessel Super Yacht that worths a whopping $4.5 billion.

What's the most expensive paint color? ›

Google "the most expensive pigment" and you'll find that Lapis Lazuli is believed to be the most expensive pigment ever created. It was pricier than its weight in gold.

Who is the best painter in the world 2022? ›

The richest painters in 2022 are led by John Currin

It is a stark contrast to the contemporary fashion and scenery in the pictures. Three of his most famous works are Hot Pants, Honeymoon Nude, and Nude on a Table. Painting is quite possibly the most beautiful expression on the planet.

How much money is Andy Warhol worth? ›

And he was a brilliant businessman who left behind $100 million. The day Andy Warhol died, Paul and John Warhola flew to New York.

Can someone buy the Mona Lisa? ›

Truly priceless, the painting cannot be bought or sold according to French heritage law. As part of the Louvre collection, "Mona Lisa" belongs to the public, and by popular agreement, their hearts belong to her.

Why did the guy throw cake at Mona Lisa? ›

A man disguising himself in a wig while sitting in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the famed Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre Museum in Paris over the weekend to apparently raise awareness for the environment, The Associated Press reported.

How can I tell if my Van Gogh painting is real? ›

One of the easiest methods to determine if a painting is real or not is to determine the actual age of the painting. Forensic testing measures carbon levels in canvases and paints, to see if the painting is actually as old as it's supposed to be, or if it's a newer copy that someone is trying to fob off on you.

How much does it cost to buy a Van Gogh? ›

Alongside his friend Gauguin's Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), which sold for $303 million in 2015 are Van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet (sold in 1990 for $82.5 million) and Portrait of Joseph Roulin (sold in 1989 for $58 million plus an exchange of works for the Museum of Modern Art New York).

How many Van Gogh paintings are there? ›

Despite only working for 10 years – from the age of 27 up until his early demise at 37 – van Gogh was incredibly prolific. He produced more than 900 paintings and many more drawings and sketches, which works out at nearly a new artworks every 36 hours. Phew!

What are Vincent van Gogh's 5 famous paintings? ›

Top 5 Most Famous Paintings of Vincent van Gogh in Different Subjects
  • Self Portrait, 1889. ...
  • Vincent's Bedroom in Arles. ...
  • The Starry Night. ...
  • Sunflowers. ...
  • Café Terrace at Night.

What are Van Gogh's masterpieces? ›

The Starry Night is considered to be Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece, painted while he was a patient in a mental asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

How much is Van Gogh's self portrait worth? ›

Van Gogh Self-Portrait Sells for $71.5 Million.

Are Van Gogh prints worth anything? ›

For the record, no Van Gogh print--regardless of age or background--has any substantial monetary value. If you think you might have an original Van Gogh art work, then the best course of action would be to contact the Van Gogh Museum via this link that details their authentication procedures.

How much is Van Gogh's sunflower painting worth? ›

LONDON (AP) _ An anonymous buyer Monday paid $39.85 million for Vincent van Gogh's ″Sunflowers,″ a dazzling yellow work the artist once hoped to sell for $125.

How much did the last Van Gogh sell for? ›

The last Van Gogh sold at a public auction, "Labourer in a Field" from 1889, went for $81 million at a New York sale in 2017.

Who owns Van Gogh's Starry Night? ›

It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. Widely regarded as Van Gogh's magnum opus, The Starry Night is one of the most recognizable paintings in Western art.

Can you buy an original Van Gogh? ›

Starting price for each piece is $35,000 meaning you can hang an "original" Van Gogh, or more accurately something pretty darn close, in your living room. Tackx claims color reproductions that are 95% accurate, a level at which you'd have to be a museum curator to notice.

How can I tell if my Van Gogh painting is real? ›

One of the easiest methods to determine if a painting is real or not is to determine the actual age of the painting. Forensic testing measures carbon levels in canvases and paints, to see if the painting is actually as old as it's supposed to be, or if it's a newer copy that someone is trying to fob off on you.

What is Van Gogh's most famous painting? ›

Starry Night 1889

Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in the world. It has been reproduced onto placemats, cards, posters calendars, jigsaw puzzles etc. In short, EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. Van Gogh painted this iconic painting when he was at the mental asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Why are Van Gogh paintings so expensive? ›

An artist with an established reputation will make more than someone who is just starting out. People pay more for work by known artists. They pay more for known deceased artists, too – hence prices for Van Gogh's works.

Who owns the sunflowers by Van Gogh? ›

Bought by the Yasuda insurance firm, it is now owned by their successor Sompo, and the painting is in a museum in the company's Tokyo headquarters. In 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, these two versions of Sunflowers will therefore both be on view in the Japanese capital.

How much is Mona Lisa worth? ›

The Mona Lisa is believed to be worth more than $850 million, taking into account inflation. In 1962, it was insured for $100 million, holding the Guinness World Record for highest ever insurance value in the art market (corresponding to $870 million in 2021).

Where are the 5 sunflower paintings currently in the world? ›

The Two Cut Sunflowers are in Amsterdam, at the Van Gogh Museum. The other Two Cut Sunflowers is in Bern, at the Kunstmuseum and another Two Cut Sunflowers is at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

What was the only painting Van Gogh sold? ›

The Red Vineyard is among Van Gogh's most dramatically coloured Provençal landscapes, but it is also famed for being the only painting that the artist is certain to have sold. It went for 400 francs (then £16) at a Brussels exhibition in March 1890, four months before his suicide.

Who sold Van Gogh paintings after his death? ›

During the 1890 "Les XX" expo in Brussels van Gogh sold one of his paintings, The Red Vineyard. It was purchased by Anna Boch, impressionist painter, heiress of a Ceramics fortune and sister of his friend Eugène Boch.

Who owns the Van Gogh estate? ›

Up until his death in 1891, control of the collection was in the hands of Vincent's brother, Theo van Gogh. His widow, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, subsequently took over management of the collection. Following her death in 1925, her son, Vincent Willem van Gogh ('the Engineer'), assumed responsibility for his uncle's works.

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