The Van Gogh stolen by the Nazis reaches 35.9 million dollars | Fortune

A Vincent van Gogh landscape confiscated by the Nazis during their World War II occupation of France has sold at auction in New York for $ 35.9 million, a record for a watercolor by the Dutch impressionist.

The work, Mills of ble (1888), which was last exhibited in 1905, was purchased for a price well above the sale estimate of $ 20 to $ 30 million, according to Christie’s auction house.

Mills of ble depicts a haystack in Arles, France, where Van Gogh lived for more than a year in the 1880s. Unlike his best-known works, which were painted with oils, the painting was executed in watercolor, pen, and ink on paper.

After the artist’s suicide at age 37, the work became the property of his brother, Theo Van Gogh. After passing through various owners, it was stolen by the Nazi forces during their occupation of France. After the war, the painting was unaccounted for until the 1970s. Since then, it remained in private hands until Christie’s acquired the work through an agreement with the collector and the heirs of the original owners.

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