IS THAT A VINCENT VAN GOGH OR A VAN GOUGE?

What if they gave an auction and nobody bid? When Vincent Van Gogh's Jardin a Auvers went on the block at Paris' posh George V Hotel, auctioneer Jacques Tajan brought the gavel down on a supposed bid of $6.4 million. After the sale, however, Tajan admitted he had merely pretended to have a buyer; in fact, not a single real offer was made. Why no takers? As Tajan put it, the painting has "an odor of sulfur" about it. Indeed, the 25-in. by 31-in. canvas has a long, troubled history. Supposedly painted by the penniless artist just days before his suicide...

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