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Van Gogh Landscape Sells for $117 Million at Paul Allen Auction

The auction now totals over $700 million—and it's only a third over.

A landscape by Vincent van Gogh sold for $117 million, topping a global auction record for the artist that had been set more than 30 years ago.

The painting in question,Verger avec Cyprès (1888), depicts a pastel-hued spring day. It’s part of an auction at Christie’s of works from Paul Allen’s estate. In total, the sale is expected to bring in more than $1 billion. Including buyer’s premium, the van Gogh as lot 22 out of 61 pushes totals over the $700 million mark.