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Vincent van Gogh's south London home sells for £565,000

  • 27 March 2012
  • From the section London
87 Hackford Road
Image caption Van Gogh fell in love with the daughter of the landlady

The house in south London where artist Vincent van Gogh lived for about a year has been sold for £565,000.

The Dutch artist was 20 years old and beginning work at an art dealership in Southampton Street when he went to live at 87 Hackford Road in August 1873.

During his stay at the house in Brixton he fell in love with Eugenie Loyer, the daughter of the landlady.

He made a sketch of the house, titled The Hackford Road, which is now in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.

Van Gogh's love was unrequited as Eugenie Loyer went on to marry another man.

It was her granddaughter, Kathleen Maynard, who found the sketch among some old photographs kept in a box in the attic of her home in Devon.

Estate agent Savills, which put the terraced three-bedroom grade II listed house up for auction, had set the guide price at £475,000.

The auctioneer said there had been several bids for the property, which was bought by an "admirer of the artist's work".

A Blue Plaque on the wall marks Van Gogh's stay at the house.

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