Goldfinger inspiring industrialist’s Van Gogh set to be auctioned

London, Mar. 2: The memorial painting ‘Le Moulin de la Galette’ by Van Gogh will go for an auction at the annual TEFAF art fair in Maastricht, Netherland.

The painting was once owned by a powerful American industrialist, Charles Engelhard, the flamboyant president of the Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals Corporation, bought it in 1958, who was the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger to create his arch-villain Auric Goldfinger for the James Bond movie, the Guardian reported.

‘Le Moulin de la Galette’ painted in 1887 portrays a windmill against a sunny sky above Montmartre in Paris and is visibly signed by Van Gogh.

James Roundell, the dealer that will handle the sale said that this is a painting that has everything and it is one of only two of Gogh’s series of paintings that depicts windmills of Montmartre still in private hands.

The painting is expected to sell for an eight-figure sum. (ANI)