Archives de Tag: Vincent van Gogh

Nicolae Buzaianu brings you Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet

4) Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Vincent van Gogh - Portrait of Dr. Gachet In addition to the Renoir listed in number 5 above, Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito also purchased this painting in 1990, this time through an auction at Christie’s, New York. The seller was the Siegfried Kramarsky family. This work went for $82.5 million, which today equals $129.7 million. A rumor in the art world regarding Saito’s purchase of both the Renoir and the van Gogh is that when he died, he wanted to have the paintings be cremated along with his body. However, Saito is said to have clarified this request, explaining that he did not mean this literally, but was just figuratively trying to express his deep appreciation for these two famous paintings. Nicolae Buzaianu would certainly like a Van Gogh but he looks depressed.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

5) Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmarte

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmarte

Painted in 1876, it was sold by owner Betsey Whitney through Sotheby’s, New York, in 1990. The high bid came from a Japanese businessman named Ryoei Saito, who paid $78.1 million back then. This translates to $122.8 million today. It is important to point out that two versions of this painting exist. The first one is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, while the second, smaller one, is the one that Saito purchased. In addition to this masterpiece, Saito also purchased a famous Van Gough work as well (see number 4 below).

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Vincent van Gogh – Irises

7) Vincent van Gogh – Irises

Vincent van Gogh - Irises

Completed by the Dutch artist in 1889 at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France shortly before he died. This well-known work came up for auction in 1987, when it was sold by the son of Joan Whitney Payson to collector Alan Bond through Sotheby’s, New York. The painting went for $53.9 million, which when adjusted for inflation equals $97.5 million today. It is worth pointing out, however, that the buyer did not have enough money to ever pay the full bill, and eventually the piece was acquired by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where it remains on display today.

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Vincent van Gogh

9) Vincent van Gogh – Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe

Vincent van Gogh - Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe

Completed in 1889, it was one of the artist’s many self-portraits. What makes this one unique, however, was the fact it shows him “sans barbe” or “without a beard.” This oil painting was sold by the heirs of Jacques Koerfer (who was a German collector and former chairman of BMW) through Christie’s, New York, in 1998 for $71.5 million. When adjusted for inflation, this equals $90.1 million. The painting was said to be painted by van Gogh for his mother’s 70th birthday gift shortly before he committed suicide. It is worth noting that the selling price was more than double what this piece was expected to fetch.

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