Vincent van Gogh's "View of the Asylum and Chapel at St. Remy" from 1889, owned by Elizabeth Taylor, was among many works that went unsold last night at Christie's in London. The sale of Impressionist and modern art was later described by a number of participants in the room as the worst for such art at this house in more than a decade.
The van Gogh was the most important painting in the sale, at which 24 of the 64 artworks offered brought a total of $19.9 million. The presale estimate for the van Gogh was $16 million to $20 million. The estimate for the entire sale was $42 million to $71 million.
No bids appeared to have been made for Taylor's painting, van Gogh's only study of the building where he spent most of the last year before his suicide in July 1890. She bought the painting for $257,600 in 1963 through her father, Francis Taylor, a London art dealer, who went to the sale.