Van Gogh painting to be auctioned for the first time

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Scène de rue à Montmartre (Impasse des deux frères et le Moulin à Poivre), 1887 (est. €5-8m)

A Vincent van Gogh painting, titled Scène de rue à Montmartre (1887), will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s Paris this March. It carries an estimate of €5m-8m ($6m-9.7m).

The work was in the same family collection for over 100 years. It comes from his very rare series of paintings depicting the legendary Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre.

This Spring, Sotheby’s and French auction company Mirabaud Mercier are bringing the painting to the public, with exhibitions planned in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris ahead of the Impressionist and Modern Art auction on March 25th.

Claudia Mercier and Fabien Mirabaud of Mirabaud Mercier Auction House said: “The moment we set eyes on this painting for the first time were immediately captivated. It is with great pleasure that we can now present this to the world, after being treasured by the same French family for a century.

Scène de rue à Montmartre was created during van Gogh’s two-year stint in Paris.

Exhibition dates include:

  • March 1st to 3rd: Sotheby’s Amsterdam
  • March 9th to 12th: Sotheby’s Hong Kong
  • March 16th to 18th: Drouot Paris
  • March 19th to 23rd: Sotheby’s Paris