Three Van Gogh Works Sold in British Auction

Three works by Dutch expressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, including a long-lost pen-and-ink sketch, sold for more than 8.4 million pounds ($14 million) on Tuesday, auction-house Christie’s said.

Auctioneers reported a “strong American presence” at the Impressionist and Modern Art sale, which brought in a total of over 25 million pounds ($41.63 million).

Nearly 3.37 million pounds ($5.61 million) was paid for “Une Liseuse de Romans,” an image of a young woman reading a book that Van Gogh painted in 1888 shortly before he suffered a breakdown and severed part of his left ear.

The pen and ink sketch “La Maison de Vincent a Arles,” described by Christie’s as a “fascinating explanatory drawing with a letter on the reverse to his brother,” fetched 845,250 pounds ($1.41 million).

“Nature Morte, Vase avec Oeillets,” an oil on canvas of a vase of flowers painted in 1890, sold for 4.26 million pounds ($7.09 million).

Other important works at the sale included paintings by Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

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