I thought the $83,000,000 dollar painting is the Iris's, at the Getty
Museum. I think that the Japanese had bought it for $54,000,000, and then
sold it to the Getty. Dr. Gachet was bought at an auction for $54,000,000.
It was interesting to note that his mother lived to see the beginnings of
his fame, she deserved to see her troubled son have purpose.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Seiler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2001 6:58 AM
Subject: Re: RE: VanGogh's sold painting
> Van Gogh made over 800 drawings, and 900 paintings in a prolific 10 year
period. His mother threw away cratefuls, but lived long enough to regret
having done so.
> Interestingly, a Japanese multi-millionaire purchased a Van Gogh for I
believe $83,000,000....and may have been Dr. Gachet, both a physician and
fellow artist Van Gogh knew during his northern France Epilepsy retreat
years just prior to his death. This Japanese investor had put it in his
will that should he die, the famous painting was to be destroyed, for he
knew his relatives would be unable to financially afford the weight of
insuring this piece. You'd think he could have had the painting to be
auctioned off and the monies used as a benefit to his relations. Go figure.
> At any rate...hey, the guy died nearly 1-1/2 years ago or so, and guess
what? No painting. No one knows where the painting is! How about that