Wednesday, 7 April 2021

You May Remember This Painting,

by Vincent Van Gogh,

titled “Street scene in Montmartre (Impasse des Deux Frères and the Pepper Mill)” (1887), oil on canvas,  46.1 x 61.3 centimetres, image courtesy of Sotheby’s, we made a post about it on the 31st. March, it eventually sold for €11,250,000 (€13.1m with fees), going to a London bidder, but exactly who? the new owner of Montmartre Street Scene (1887) is the Reuben family—the property developers Simon and David Reuben, Britain’s joint second-richest UK family, worth £16bn (according to The Sunday Times Rich List), they are discreet and hardly household names. But their life story shows how self-made people can acquire a Van Gogh to hang above their sofa, for the full story of how one brother in the scrap metal business and the other in the carpet trade made their fortunes have a look here, as an aside they may be rich, but they are more than generous, they also have a charitable foundation, which last year gave £80m to the University of Oxford to establish a new college.

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