Watch: Rare Van Gogh painting auctioned twice in a day fetches €11.25m

'Street Scene in Montmartre' is one of few works by Dutch Impressionist in private hands

An unseen Van Gogh goes under the hammer

An unseen Van Gogh goes under the hammer
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Vincent Van Gogh's Street Scene in Montmartre sold for a final price of €11.25m ($13.2m) at a Sotheby's auction on Thursday, having been held in a private collection for over a century.

Unusually it was the second time the painting had been put up for auction in a day, after fetching €14m ($16.4m) earlier in the afternoon. Sotheby's officials did not immediately disclose why this happened.

The sale of Street Scene in Montmartre had been highly anticipated as it was one of the few works by the Dutch Impressionist master in private hands.

The painting depicts a windmill named the Pepper Mill, seen from the street under a bright sky, with a man, woman and little girl walking in front of the surrounding wooden palisades.

It was painted in 1887, one year after Van Gogh moved to Paris where he lived in Montmartre.

He left the capital in 1888 for southern France, where he lived until his death in 1890.

Street Scene in Montmartre is among over 30 works that were being sold by Sotheby's on Thursday, from masters including Modigliani, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Degas, Klee and Magritte.