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Picture Postcard

by | 6th, June 2006

Had Vincent Van Gogh painted a couple more Irises in his famously expensive painting (sold at auction for $49 million in 1987) would it have been worth more? What about a bigger vase?

Would Pablo Picasso’s Garçon à la pipe, the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, be worth more than the $104.1 million it went for had the young smoker been puffing on an entire pack of fags, rather than just a slim pipe?

And imagine what JMW Turner’s Blue Rigi: Lake of Lucerne, Sunrise would have gone for had it been bigger.

The Mail says the painting has sold for more than £5.8million at Christie’s in London. This is a record for a British watercolour. It also means the picture is worth £64,000 per square inch.

As the paper tells us, the work measures just 11¾in by 7¾in.

The 1842 painting is small. But Noel Annesley, a director at Christie’s, wants us to look at its details. Never mind the length, get a load of that texture. He says it shows technique of “almost unimaginable subtlety”.

Indeed, it is a nice little picture. But does it come in a large?

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