First Van Gogh in 20 years to go under hammer in Paris auction

The painting "Raccommodeuses de filet dans les dunes" by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is presented at Artcurial auction house in Paris on March 28, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 28 March 2018

First Van Gogh in 20 years to go under hammer in Paris auction

PARIS: The first Van Gogh painting to go under the hammer in France in more than two decades was unveiled Wednesday.
“Women Mending Nets in the Dunes,” which the Dutch artist painted early in his career at Scheveningen near The Hague, is expected to go for around five million euros ($6 million) when it is auctioned in June.
But with the art market booming, and prices for artists like Van Gogh rocketing, experts said it was hard to predict exactly when the bidding would stop.
The scene dates from the same period in 1882 when Van Gogh painted “View of the Sea at Scheveningen,” which was stolen by the Italian Camorra organized crime syndicate from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002 and discovered in Naples in 2016 thanks to a tip-off from a suspected drug trafficker.
The oil on paper, which belongs to a European collector, also graced the walls of the Van Gogh Museum for eight years after being previously on show in Montreal.
Bruno Jaubert, of auction house Artcurial, said the work comes from very early in Van Gogh’s career, when he was painting working class people in his homeland.
“He had only started painting two years before,” he told AFP.
Jaubert described the sale as an art market event, “with fewer and fewer Van Goghs coming to the market.”
The world record for a Van Gogh was for his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” which sold for $82.5 million in 1990.
“Women Mending Nets in the Dunes” will be sold on June 4.


Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 88

Her career spans for three decades. (AFP)
Updated 17 January 2020

Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 88

DUBAI: Renowned Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi died Thursday in her Cairo home, her daughter Ghada Nafa confirmed.

In 1956, Al-Sabahi founded her own film production company.

Her career spans for three decades. Before she retired from acting, Al-Sabahi appeared in over 60 films, however she notably known for her roles in “El-Naseh” in 1949, “Al-Ragol Allazy Ohebo” in 1962 and “El-Omr Lahza” in 1978.

In 1956, Al-Sabahi founded her own film production company. She was also elected as president of the “Egyptian Women in Film Association” in 1995.