Van Gogh | Portraits of the Artist
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 30 March 1987
DURATION | 2 minutes 43 seconds
One of Vincent van Gogh's most famous works is displayed at Christie's in London prior to an auction that is expected to see the painting leave the UK. Debbie Thrower reports on the growing trend of record-breaking auctions for art.
'Sunflowers' (originally titled 'Tournesols') comes from a series of still-life works Van Gogh created between 1888 and 1889. At least nine versions of the painting are known to exist.
This particular painting eventually sold for nearly £25 million. The successful bidder at this auction was Yasuo Goto of the Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance Company of Japan. In July the same year, the painting was reauctioned for 5.8 billion Japanese yen (pictured above).
The life and work of Vincent van Gogh in pictures.
A programme for schools on the life and art of Van Gogh.
How did a lost art treasure end up in a junk shop?
Paul Harris looks at Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.
David Hockney discusses a painting by Van Gogh.
How is Van Gogh's depression revealed in his self-portraits?
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' breaks records at Christie's.
Why are Van Gogh's paintings fetching such high prices at auction?
Why are Van Gogh's works thought to be so good?
Matthew Parris examines the last letter from Van Gogh to his brother.
Graham Reid discusses a painting of his grandfather by Van Gogh.
Frank Delaney investigates Van Gogh as a self-mutilator.
Rolf Harris paints a self-portrait in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
How a painting of 'The Tiger Man' links Van Gogh with Scotland.
A lost painting by Van Gogh surfaces in Athens.
Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?
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