This is almost $6 million more than the maximum expected sale value.

A painting by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), captured by the Nazis during the occupation of France, was sold at Christie’s auction in New York for $35.9 million. This is reported on the auction house’s website.

The painting ‘Meules de blé,’ painted by Van Gogh in 1888, was sold for $35.885 million, which is almost $6 million more than the maximum expected sale value.

Van Gogh painted ‘Meules de blé’ during his stay in Arles (south of France), which lasted more than a year. The artist considered some of the paintings painted during this period to be among his best works.

After Van Gogh’s death, his brother Theo inherited the ‘Meules de blé.’ Then the work changed several owners, after which it fell into the hands of the Nazis during the occupation of France during World War II. From that moment, the location of the painting remained unknown until the late 1970s, when the auction house Christie’s bought it from an American company engaged in the sale of works of art.