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Vincent van dough: Famous painting sells for £62m at auction

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A CANVAS painted by Vincent van Gogh from his asylum window has sold for more than £60m at auction.

The painting was created by the famous Dutch artist in 1889 while staying at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole after suffering his most serious psychological episode since famously cutting off part of his ear.

After not painting for six weeks, van Gogh decided the distraction of work ‘might possibly be the best remedy’.

He went on to paint ‘Laboureur dans un champ’, an oil canvas of a farmer ploughing the land, which was the view from his window at the hospital.

The painting, completed in early September 1889, was sold at Christie’s auction house in New York.

It had a guide price of around £38 million but smashed its estimate to sell for £62 million — the second highest price paid at auction for a piece by van Gogh.

The painting was bought by an anonymous phone bidder.

Van Gogh died, aged 37, just two months after leaving the asylum, having shot himself in the chest.