An Unusual Van Gogh Headed to Auction: His House in South London

The record price paid for a painting by Vincent van Gogh remains the $82.5 million paid for “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” at Christie’s in 1990, but next week a piece of the Dutch painter’s history is headed to auction in London with an early estimate of just £400,000 ($634,520): his one-time home in the south of London.

The humble three-story home on Hackford Road in Brixton will go to the auction block on Tuesday, marking the first time it’s been on sale in over six decades. Van Gogh lived there in 1873 and 1874, when he was working as an art dealer for his brother Theo.

The Guardian’s outspoken art critic Jonathan Jones got the keys to the place and went poking around the dilapidated home. Upon finding van Gogh’s room he reflects: “Imagine sleeping in this room now, it’d be very weird, wouldn’t it? It would be a great way of communing with Vincent van Gogh.” Surely that’s precisely what next week’s bidders will hope to do.

— Benjamin Sutton