Rediscovered Van Gogh painting fetches $15.4 million in Paris

This Van Gogh painting was sold for $15.4 million

The 1887 painting of a Paris street scene

titled “Street scene in Montmartre”

is part of a series that Vincent Van Gogh produced

while living briefly in the French capital with his brother

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SOTHEBY'S IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART DEPARTMENT, ETIENNE HELLMAN, SAYING: "You see that he introduces bright colors using very pure pigments. One of the reasons the colors are so well-preserved in this work is the quality of the pigments that Van Gogh used, that I think his brother Theo bought for him. There's a beautiful story between Vincent and Theo, so this painting is also very moving, as a testimony to their relationship when they lived together. There's so many things you can see in it."

The painting spent more than a century in the private collection of a French family

and was put on public view for the first time in February

(SOUNDBITE) (French) SOTHEBY'S AUCTIONEER, CLAUDIA MERCIER, SAYING: "The painting a true rediscovery, meaning that although it has been published in comprehensive catalogues, it has never re-appeared on the market since the day it was acquired by the family who owns it.