Van Gogh almost sold for RM304

The 'Peasant Woman' on display at an art gallery in Tokyo Friday. The 41.4cm by 35cm oil painting will be auctioned today for a startling price of US$25,000 (RM95,000). -- Reuterspic

TOKYO: An early Van Gogh oil painting would have changed hands for just about US$80 (RM304) as the work of an anonymous artist at an auction scheduled for this weekend, if not for a last-minute seal of authentification. 

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam told the Tokyo auctioneer, Shinwa Art Auction Co., yesterday that the profile of a middle-aged peasant woman was an early work by the Dutch impressionist master (1853-1890). 

“We received a report which has certified the work as an authentic Van Gogh,” Shinwa managing director Shinji Hasada said yesterday. 

“From the beginning, we had considered the possibility that the painting was a Van Gogh,” he said.  

“But we initially set its estimated bidding price at 10,000-20,000 yen (RM315 to RM634) because we had to state its painter as unknown.” – AFP  

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