Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art sale in New York this coming November will feature Vincent van Gogh's Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies (1890).

The piece is estimated to fetch between $30-50 million, Sotheby's says of the work is it "the most important still life by Van Gogh to appear at auction in more than two decades."

Sotheby's Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies (1890).

Co-head of the Impressionist and Modern department Simon Shaw commented: the "beautiful, vibrant composition captures in sharp relief the intensity of the artist at the height of his mania, only weeks before his tragic end. "

The work was painted at the house of Van Gogh's close friend Dr. Gachet in Auvers-sur-Oise. Van Gogh then settled in Auvers following his release from the asylum at St.-Rémy-de-Provence in May of 1890. For what purpose Dr. Gachet was given the painting by the artists remains unknown. Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies is one of only a few works which sold during his lifetime, at the time it was painted Van Gogh was relying on his brother Theo for financial support. He painted the piece in order to prove to his brother he could make a successful career as an artist.

The painting was acquired by Impressionist collector Gaston-Alexandre Camentron, who then sold it to the Paul Cassirer Gallery in 1911. Until the mid-1920s it remained with a series of private collectors in Germany. It then went to New York via London. In 1928 it was bought by collector and MoMA cofounder Anson Goodyear through Knoedler Gallery. Later it was donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo where it took residence for 30 years.

Van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet holds the auction record for the most expensive Van Gogh painting. It sold at Christie's New York in 1990 for $82.5 million.

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