A Dutch auctioneer said today he had discovered a previously unknown painting by Vincent Van Gogh in the home of an aging woman in the north Dutch town of Groningen.
The painting, of a man holding a bouquet, had been hanging in the woman's living room for years, auctioneer Joop van den Enden said. The owner, whose doctor father acquired the painting in Rotterdam in the 1910s, has asked to remain anonymous.
The 7-by-10-inch oil painting is signed "Vincent" in the upper left corner and carries a French inscription on the back by Tenege Gustav saying it is an authentic Van Gogh.
"We are trying to find out who Tenege Gustav was and have notified all possible interested museums of the painting. They can come and see it to decide for themselves if it is authentic," an aide to Van den Enden told Reuters.
The auctioneer has not set an estimated value for the painting, which will be auctioned Feb. 15.
Paintings by Van Gogh, who sold only one painting in his lifetime, have brought record breaking prices recently. Last November, his "Irises" went for $53.9 million, breaking the $40-million record set in March for his "Sunflowers."