An early landscape by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the art world's most sought-after painters, sold for €7.07 million ($8.27 million) at an auction in Paris on Monday.
Painted in 1882, 'Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes' depicts peasant women working on the land under a cloudy sky, inspired by the countryside around The Hague.
Van Gogh was aged 29 at the time passing through a short but formative period.
The painting is the first Van Gogh to be auctioned in France for more than 20 years.
'Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes' had been valued at €3 million ($3,505200) to €5 million ($5,842000).
It was purchased by a buyer based in North America.
On average only two or three works by the Dutch impressionist appear on the international market each year.
While hardly cheap, the price comes nowhere near the record $450.3 million paid last November for 'Salvator Mundi', Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century portrait of Christ, which is due to go on display in a new branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.
Van Gogh's most expensive work is ‘Portrait of Dr Gachet’, sold for $82.5m in 1990.
It was a world record fee for a painting at the time, but has been topped by several others since.
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