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Van Gogh's €59m sale makes good impression

A painting Vincent van Gogh created while briefly working side-by-side with his friend Paul Gauguin in the south of France has brought in $66.3m (€59m) at auction.

The Allee Of Alyscamps (right) was offered at Sotheby's impressionist and modern art sale in New York. The autumnal scene was painted in 1888 during a two-month period when van Gogh, who died in 1890, and Gauguin worked together in Arles, France.

The painting, which had a pre-sale estimate of more than $40m, was sold to an Asian private collector, Sotheby's said. The auction record for a van Gogh is $82.5m.


Van Gogh expert Clifford Edwards, of Virginia Commonwealth University, said: "To have a canvas from Arles by that very self-taught artist at the height of his work marks the sale as momentous."

The sale also featured six paintings spanning four decades of Claude Monet's career. The highlight was Water Lilies, a 1905 version of his beloved pond and gardens at his home in Giverny, France. It fetched $54m, topping its high pre-sale estimate of $45m.

Monet's 1908 painting of Venice with a view of the Palazzo Ducale on the Grand Canal fetched more than $23m. It was confiscated by the Nazis from the noted collector Jakob Goldschmidt and reclaimed by his son in 1960.

The current auction record for a work by Monet is his 1919 Water Lily Pond, which sold for $80.5m in 2008.