“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.”
— Vincent Van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890)
On March 30, 1987, Japanese insurance magnate Yasuo Goto paid the equivalent of US $39,921,750 for van Gogh’s Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers at auction at Christie’s London, at the time a record-setting amount for a work of art. The price was over four times the previous record of about $12million paid for Andrea Mantegna’s Adoration of the Magi in 1985. The record was broken a few months later with the purchase of another Van Gogh, Irises, by Alan Bond for $53.9million at Sotheby’s, New York on November 11, 1987. –Wikipedia
In his life, Van Gogh only sold one painting. Theo, his brother, had given him financial and emotional support through his life. Theo, died six months after Vincent killed himself, he was buried by Vincent.