Starry Night. Sunflowers. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. The paintings of Vincent van Gogh—from the most beloved to the lesser known—are mostly held in museums around the world. There are very few exceptions, and one of them is Scène de Rue à Montmartre, currently on display in Paris ahead of its sale at Sotheby’s later this month.
The 1887 painting, one of roughly 200 that Van Gogh made during his two years in Paris (he died in 1890), was purchased around 1920 by a French collector and stayed in private hands until now. Expected to sell for $6 to $10 million, it’s never before been shown to the public.