For $15.4 million, a newly unearthed Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece that was kept hidden by a French family for more than 100 years now has a new home. The painting, titled “A Street Scene in Montmartre,” sold Thursday during an auction livestreamed from Paris. It trafficked high phone and online bids from art enthusiasts in the French capital, as well as in New York and Hong Kong. Although Van Gogh’s freshly exhumed tour de force went for a little over $15 million, it initially fetched a $16.47 million hammer offer. But auction house Sotheby’s experienced an unspecified glitch in its online bidding system that forced the vendors to redo the sale at the end of the event. The final — albeit lower — bid was accepted. “A Street Scene in Montmartre” — originally crafted in 1887 while the renowned Dutch artist visited his brother Theo in Paris — depicts a couple strolling arm in arm by a windmill in front of a ramshackle home in the hill-laden village on the northern outskirts of the city.
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