The painting, which measures 16 1/4 by 13 inches, was until recently an uncataloged work by one of the world`s most thoroughly documented artists. Experts at the Rijksmuseum have informally dubbed the painting “Still Life With Flowers.“
“It`s unbelievable,“ said Leslie Hindman, owner of the 8-year-old auction house, which learned last week that the painting had been judged genuine. “That you could find something like this that`s so rare, it`s amazing.“
Hindman identified the owners as a retired, middle-class couple who do not want their names or address made public.
The couple inherited the work from a relative of the husband who had emigrated from Switzerland after the start of World War II, Hindman said.
The couple have declined to give a reason for wanting to sell the painting, Hindman said. But they were “thrilled“ by its authentication, said Maron Matz, a spokeswoman for the auction house, which has set March 10 for sale of the work.
It is Kuhn who brought the Van Gogh to Hindman’s attention after her son John discovered it while inspecting the Bayside home. (John Kuhn, now a Milwaukee real estate executive, served as a “spotter” for Hindman at the time, discovering hidden treasures.) Sold for 1.4 Million.