Van Gogh goes for £46million: Autumnal scene Alle of Alyscamps painted in 1888 sold to collector at New York auction

  • The Allee Of Alyscamps was painted in Arles, southern France, in 1888 
  • Autumnal scene painting came one month before Van Gogh cut off his ear
  • Sold to Asian collector in New York for £45.7million - £15m above estimate

The Allee Of Alyscamps was painted in Arles, southern France, in 1888 - a month before Van Gogh cut off his ear - and has now sold at Sotheby's in New York to an Asian collector for £45.7million

The Allee Of Alyscamps was painted in Arles, southern France, in 1888 - a month before Van Gogh cut off his ear - and has now sold at Sotheby's in New York to an Asian collector for £45.7million

An autumnal scene Vincent Van Gogh painted while working side-by-side with Paul Gauguin has sold for £45.7million.

The Allee Of Alyscamps was painted in Arles, southern France, in 1888, a month before Van Gogh cut off his ear.

It sold at Sotheby's in New York to an Asian collector for about £15million above its estimate but below the £54.6million auction record for a Van Gogh.

Van Gogh expert Clifford Edwards, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, said: 'To have a canvas from Arles by that very self-taught artist at the height of his work marks the sale as momentous.'

The Sotheby's sale also featured six paintings spanning four decades of Claude Monet's career. 

The highlight was Water Lilies, a 1905 version of his beloved pond and gardens at his home in Giverny, France. It fetched £35.7million, topping its high pre-sale estimate of £29.5million.

Monet's 1908 painting of Venice with a view of the Palazzo Ducale on the Grand Canal fetched more than £15.2million. It was confiscated by the Nazis from the noted collector Jakob Goldschmidt and reclaimed by his son in 1960. It descended to a grandson, who died last year.

The current auction record for a work by Monet is his 1919 Water Lily Pond, which sold for £53.3million in 2008.

The auction also offered works from two prominent single-owner collections.

There were two works from Hollywood film moguls Samuel Goldwyn, who died in 1974, and his son Samuel Goldwyn Junior, who died in January.

Woman With A Chignon In An Armchair, a portrait of Pablo Picasso's lover Francoise Gilot, sold for £19.8million, almost doubling its high pre-sale estimate of £11million. It depicts her in an embroidered jacket Picasso bought for her in Poland while she was pregnant with their child.

Henri Matisse's Anemones And Pomegranates was purchased by the elder Goldwyn two years after it was painted in 1948. It sold for more than £4million, in line with its pre-sale estimate.

There was artwork from Van Gogh (depicted) at the New York auction
The Sotheby's sale also featured six paintings spanning four decades of Claude Monet's (pictured) career

There was artwork from Van Gogh (depicted left) and Claude Monet (right) up for sale at the New York auction

About two dozen other works from the Goldwyn collection will be offered in a series of sales later this month and in June and October. 

The other collection belonged to Jerome Stone, a Chicago businessman and founder of the Alzheimer's Association, who died in January. 

It included Fernand Leger's The Blue Wheel, Definitive State, which fetched £7million.

Other artists in the collection included Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and Alberto Giacometti.

  • A court has ruled that a Picasso worth £20million cannot be taken out of Spain to be auctioned in London. Banker Jaime Botin wanted to sell the 1906 work Head Of A Young Woman but judges said the painting, which Mr Botin keeps on his yacht, is too important to leave the country.