Van Gogh once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, on his way to Christie’s
In November, a similar work almost broke the auction record of the Dutch master.
A rare painting by Vincent van Gogh that once belonged to Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, will go under the hammer at Christie’s this spring.
Taylor was a lifelong collector who collected one of the largest American jewelry collections, but she also had a great passion for art, especially French impressionism, according to Architectural Digest.
Her Bel Air living room was filled with works by, among others, Degas, Matisse, Pissaro and Van Gogh’s magnificent Vue de l’asile et de Chapelle de Saint-Rémy (1889), painted in the last year of the artist’s life.
Although this was a very disturbing period of the artist’s dislocated career, it was also one of the most fruitful: he created some of his most magnificent works, including Starry Night and his series of olive trees.
The centerpiece of Taylor’s art collection is the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence shelter, where the troubled artist started working in 1888. During his stay in the institution, Van Gogh painted about 150 canvases, but this is the only work that the institution showed from outside.
After the death of the artist in 1890, the painting was on display in Van Gogh’s historical retrospective in 1905 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. It was then included in the traveling exhibition of leading dealer Paul Cassirer in Germany, which contributed to the popularization of the artist’s work among the general public, collectors and academics.
Taylor’s father, the art dealer Francis Taylor, bought the painting on her behalf in 1963 at £ 92,000 ($ 130,000), and it remained in her collection until her death in 2011. In 2012, Christie’s auctioned the legacy of the deceased actress, the sale of Van Gogh in the London sale of impressionist and modern art for £ 10.1 million ($ 16 million).
Now, in May, Christie’s is putting the painting back on the market in his impressionist and modern art sales in New York, with estimates for sales in the region of $ 35 million. In November, a comparable Van Gogh work from the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass collection sold for $ 81.3 million against the original estimate of $ 50 million, just below the 82.5 millionth auction record of the artist. Although Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy will probably not break Van Gogh’s record price, it will probably remain far above the estimate of the presale due to the stability of the current art market and the increasing demand for bankable, blue chip art.
Christie’s impressionistic and modern sales will also include Marc Chagall’s Le Tour Eiffel (1929), estimated at $ 6-9 million, and Fernand Léger’s Le grand déjeuner (1921), estimated at $ 15-25 billion.