HKD 71M Museum-level Nature Morte: Vase Aux Glaieuls, the most expensive Van Gogh oil painting in Asian auction history
On October 9th, 2021, Modern Art Evening Sale of Sotheby’s Hong Kong officially lifted its hammer. Being estimated between HKD 70M - 100M, No.62 (Felix Kwok) won the fierce bid of Nature Morte: Vase Aux Glaieulsat at a a price of HKD 60M, an absent bid with commission totaled HKD 71.006M. This is the third time of the lot up for sale. In June 2002, it was auctioned at Sotheby's London and ended in failure. In 2016, it was auctioned at Sotheby's New York with a turnover of USD 5.86M.
Period of Creation "Paris Period"
Painted in the summer of 1886, Nature Morte: Vase Aux Glaieuls belongs to Van Gogh’s Paris Period (1886, March - 1888, February), marking two crucial years in the artist's creative transformation. At this time, the artist was focusing on the still life flower theme in Paris. This work reflects the passion and rebirth he felt at this time under the bright colors and strong brushstrokes.
Nature Morte: Vase Aux Glaieuls up for sale this time is the only work of Van Gogh’s Paris Period that appears on the auction site, which is extremely rare.
Museum-level Collection Value
In the same year that this works was born, Vincent also created a painting with similar theme and composition named Vase with Gladioli and China Asters, and another painting with similar color and crush style named Self-Portrait Smoking a Pipe. Both of the them are collected by Van Gogh Museum, further proving this work’s museum-level collection value.
Personal most Expensive Flower Work
Among worldwide auctions, Van Gogh’s most expensive floral work was his Vase with Daisies and Poppies (USD 61,765,000 ) sold at Sotheby’s New York in November 2014.
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