Vincent van Gogh sold only two of his paintings in his lifetime, both sales arranged by his brother Theo.
In 1890, the year he died, van Gogh began seeing some success.
He got a highly favorable review in an influential art joumal and at about the same time learned that The Red Vineyard had sold in an auction to painter Anna Boch.
The prospect of success unhinged him, bringing on another wave of madness and a plea that the art journal not write about him again.
The other painting that sold was a self-portrait sold to Sulley & Lori, art dealers in London.