Vincent van Gogh painted sunflowers primarily to brighten his friend's bedroom. The cheerful flowers reminded van Gogh of the yellow house that he and fellow artist Paul Gauguin had once shared. In 1888, van Gogh left Holland and moved to Arles, France, where he planned to share a studio with Gauguin and hoped to found an artistic community, according to the History Channel's website.
Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" painting is not for sale as of 2014. The painting is the property of the Museum of Modern Art in New York through the Lillie P. Bliss bequest. "Starry Night" is on display there.
The traditional story is that Van Gogh severed his own ear in a fit of madness after a fight with friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin. However, a 2009 book written by German historians claimed to uncover evidence that Gauguin cut off Van Gogh's ear instead.