November 26 - A Van Gogh painting kept for 45 years in a private collection is up going on sale in Paris along with pieces by other famed artists, including Matisse and Dali.
After more than 40 years in a private collection, a Van Gogh painting will go under the hammer in Paris. The oil painting, entitled, "Still life with bottles, fireplace ornaments, and shell" is estimated to be worth between 500,000 and 600,000 euros. SOUNDBITE: Auctioneer Alexandre Millon saying (French): "It's an interesting painting for many reasons. First because this type of piece hasn't been seen on the market for more than 20 years. And it also has the advantage of showcasing Vincent Van Gogh's works in his early years, the period that we call 'Nuenen', so the years 1884-1885. Not yet the Vincent Van Gogh that we know for having a much more flamboyant and at the same time desperate style, but it was the period in which Van Gogh began to understand how to juxtapose colours and separate tones." It is the first Van Gogh piece to go on the market in Paris since 1996. The auction also includes works by many other famed artists including a monogram by Henri Matisse and a rare water-colour by Salvador Dali.