Van Gogh painting of an autumnal scene in the south of France sold for $66.3 million at auction in New York. Known as “L’allée Des Alyscamps,” was painted in 1888 when Vincent van Gogh worked along side by side with his friend Paul Gauguin. The painting, which had a presale estimate of more than $40 million, was sold to an Asian private collector at Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art evening sale on Tuesday.
Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” painting also reached a whopping price of $54 million, smashing Sotheby’s valuation of between $30 million and $45 million.
The sale, the first major auction of the spring season and the only large evening sale this week, brought in a total of $368 million for Sotheby’s, making it the second-highest sale of Impressionist and modern art in the auction house’s history.