The Montmartre painting by Van Gogh was auctioned twice by Sotheby’s after a bidder failed to have “enough money” to buy it.

The Montmartre Street Scene, a painting by Van Gogh from 1887, has a new owner. The Reuben family – Simon and David- took the painting home last week at Sotheby’s in Paris after an internet bidder turned out no to have the money for the Van Gogh.

Montmartre Street Scene by Van Gogh

They are not less than the second richest British family and although they are discrete, they have a fortune evaluated in 16 billion euros. According to the Art News Newspaper, this family is the living prove how you can self-made yourself to the top and hang a Van Gogh over the fireplace a few years later.

Sotheby's Institute of Art where the Van Gogh was sold
Sotheby’s Institute of Art where the Van Gogh was sold

The family is known to understand and appreciate art. The daughter of Simon, Lisa, studied at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and then worked for the auction house in London despite leaving it a few years ago. She was the one that said to acquire the painting which was confirmed by the family a day after the auction was completed.


The Van Gogh painting will now join other pieces of art that run in the family art room such as works by Modigliani, Warhol, Basquiat, and Rudolf Stingel’s untitled portrait of Picasso.

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