Van Gogh painting star of show at this year’s Tefaf art fair

A privately-owned painting by Vincent van Gogh will be up for sale at this year’s Tefaf art fair in Maastricht and should fetch at least €10m, news agency ANP says on Monday.

Moulin de la Galette has not been exhibited since 1965. It was once owned by Dutch painter Isaac Israels and US industrialist Charles Engelhart, who was Ian Fleming’s inspiration for James Bond villain Goldfinger.

Van Gogh painted the mill, which was close to the home he shared with his brother, in 1887 when he lived in Paris.

‘This is a painting that has everything,’ says James Roundell of Dickinson, the dealer that will handle the sale for an anonymous private collector, told the Guardian.

‘It is rare to have such a prominent signature in a work of this date and it is one of only two of his series of paintings depicting windmills of Montmartre still in private hands.’

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