Saturday 17 August 2019

Van Gogh potentially worth millions left to small museum

Photo: Van Gogh Huis

The Van Gogh Huis in Veenoord/Nieuw Amsterdam in Drenthe may have been given a real Van Gogh potentially worth tens of millions of euros, local broadcaster RTV Drenthe reports.

The painting, which still has to be authenticated, was left to the museum, a house where the painter lived for some months in 1883, by a 92 year-old woman from The Hague. It represents the interior of a bar and is signed ‘Vincent’.

The work has sustained some damage over the years and has always been a family heirloom, the broadcaster writes.  It will take up to a year to ascertain if it is a genuine Van Gogh and until such time the painting will be kept in a safe. In the meantime, a replica will be on show.

No-one knows where the bar in the painting was located. It features a glass of beer but, according to experts, Nieuw-Amsterdam bars served mainly jenever, or gin. The bar was probably located in The Hague where Vincent van Gogh lived between 1869 and 1873 and from 1881 to1883. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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