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.