The only one of Van Gogh’s artworks purchased during his lifetime (1853-1890) was The Red Vineyard.
It was purchased in 1890 shortly before his death, having been shown in an exhibition in Brussels. The artwork was purchased by Anna Boch, an impressionist painter, the sister of one of his friends. She paid the equivalent of $1,000 in today's value for the work.
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it was acquired by the famous Russian collector Segei Shchukin, was then nationalised by the Bolsheviks with the rest of his collection and eventually passed to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.