120 million for two: Vincent van Gogh's Alleycamp Alley and Claude Monet's Water Lilies became top lots at the Sotheby's May auction

May 5 in the United States with the hammer went to the works of the Impressionists and modernists. Profit of the auction house amounted to neither more nor less than $ 368.34 million. Van Gogh's canvas was his most expensive landscape, exceeding the estimate by one and a half times!“Lane Aliskamp” (L'Allée des Alyscamps) by Vincent van Gogh (Vincent van Gogh) went under the hammer for $ 66.3 million. The name of its new owner was not disclosed, it is only known that the buyer was probably an Asian middle-aged man “Aliscamp Alley”, completed in 1888, was written by a Dutchman in that same Arles period, together with the famous “Sunflowers”, “Night Cafe” and “Arlesianca”.

To create a landscape of Van Gogh inspired by the picturesque Mediterranean landscape. Interestingly, in Arles, he wrote with another bright post-impressionist painter, Paul Gauguin, who, in turn, also created an image of Alley Aliskamp.

The most expensive Van Gogh lot ever presented at auction is “Portrait Portrait - a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Dr. Gachet "(1890), which was purchased at Christie's auction in 1990 for $ 82.5 million. Later, his owner caused serious resentment of the world community, announcing the desire to be cremated with his masterpiece after death.Portrait of Dr. Gachet Vincent Van Gog1890, 67 × 56 cm At the press conference, co-chairman of the Sotheby's auction house, David Norman, recalled how in the 1980s, Van Gogh's paintings were sold “only” for several million dollars. And now these paintings have acquired truly stunning value in the eyes of auctioneers and collectors.

The buyer was also found in six canvases by Claude Monet, the champion among them was the painting “Nymphéas”, belonging to the famous series “Water lilies”. With a preliminary cost of $ 30−45 million, the work was purchased for $ 54 million

A total of 64 lots out of 69 were sold at the auction. New York bidding will continue to auction contemporary art works from Christie's.