...in 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, Vincent Van Gogh was born. He grew up to be a painter of great renown. One of his paintings, "Sunflowers," sold for $39.9 million back on this day in 1987! The previous record price for a painting was a paltry $10.4 million. Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" sold for $82.5 million just three years later!
Not everyone is aware that the painting sold in 1987 is only one of Van Gogh's sunflowers. He produced a series of sunflower paintings that you can read about here, and many of which can be seen here.
We have quite a number of books in our collection about Vincent Van Gogh. Here are two:
Charles, Victoria. Vincent Van Gogh. [759.949 CHA]
Naifeh, Steven W. Van Gogh: The Life. [eBook]
There is also a segment on Van Gogh in the DVD Simon Schama's Power of Art. [DVD 709.22 SIM]