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Van Gogh painting owned by Elizabeth Taylor sells at auction

February 9, 2012 |  7:18 am


A painting by Vincent Van Gogh that was owned by Elizabeth Taylor has sold at auction for nearly $16 million, according to reports. The work, titled "Vue de l'asile de la Chapelle de Remy," used to hang in the actress' home in Bel Air. 

The artwork was sold at a Christie's auction in London. The buyer was an anonymous telephone bidder. Two other paintings owned by Taylor also sold -- a self-portrait by Edgar Degas and a landscape by Claude Pissarro. The total amount of the three sales was about $22 million.

In January, a painting by Frans Hals that belonged to Taylor sold at auction for $2.1 million. The actress' art collection is being sold off piecemeal, with some of the proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.


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Photo: Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Vue de l'asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy." Credit: Kerim Okten / EPA