How much did Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sell for?


Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Sunflowers" set records by being auctioned for $39.9 million at famed Christie's auction house in 1987. Adjusted for inflation, that price tag nearly doubles to approximately $74.5 million in 2014.

The opening bid of $8 million was almost quintupled within 5 minutes through a bidding war between two unidentified competitors who were bidding via telephone. The painting was purchased in March of 1987, just short of a century after it was originally painted in 1888.

While the painting was theorized to be taken abroad by its new owner, fans of Van Gogh wishing to see the "Sunflowers" painting may still do so. The record-breaking artwork is one of five versions believed to have been painted by the Dutch artist. The remaining four are owned by various museums, including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and The National Gallery in London.

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There are 12 van Gogh paintings of sunflowers.
Vincent van Gogh only sold two paintings during his lifetime and it is unknown at what price they sold for. Thanks for asking!
Van Gogh sold only 1 painting during his lifetime (Red Vineyard at Arles, Pushkin Museum, Moscow), & was little known to the art world at the time of his death!
Vincent Van Gogh produced more than 2,000 works, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches
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Van Gogh initially painted sunflowers to decorate a bed room for his friend Paul Gauguin. With the dream of starting an artistic community, Van painted the sunflowers ...
The only painting that Van Gogh sold was 'Red Vineyard at Arles'. It was an oil painting that measured 75 cm by 93 cm and it is currently at the Pushkin Museum ...
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