Errol Flynn’s Van Gogh, “Man is at Sea” at Auction

23 Jan

Sotheby’s will auction Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 ‘Man Is at Sea.’ SOTHEBYS

— David DeWitt


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  1. zacal

    January 24, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Embarrassed to admit that my main interest in Van Gogh’s “Man is at Sea” is that it once belonged to Errol Flynn.

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  2. Tim

    February 4, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Anyone want to venture a guess for how much Errol’s Van Gogh is going to go???


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  3. Tim

    February 5, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Well, I’ve heard experts predict that Errol’s Van Gogh is expected to be sold by Sotheby’s later today at between 9 snd 13 million dollars today. Being that this is not only a Van Gogh , but nERROL FLYNN’s VAN GOGH!, I believe this estimate is far too low!

    Experts also predict that “red art”, i.e. art predominated with red coloring will garner the big bids. Why? … Because Chinese buyers have the big money, and favor red art. That really gives me the blues.

    Even so, I think someone with bith brains AND deep pockets out there will put together that an Errol Flynn Van Gogh is a greater treasure than a red something else. If not, perhaps someone from Shanghai will note that there are some pretty cool – I mean hot – red brushstrokes in the flames of the “Man is at Sea” fire.

    Having faith in mankind and the Western world, I will hope & predict that Errol’s Van Gogh will gogh for approximately double the estimates mentioned, from 16 to 17 million dollars, up.

    I wonder if Errol ever saw this quote if Van Gogh’s. Somehow I think he probably did. It seems apropos to Errol’s life:…

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    • David DeWitt

      February 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Will be interesting to see what it goes for! Imagine this painting sitting on Flynn’s wall with no special security and a simple front door lock, or window, only standing between it and would be thieves! Oh, yeah, and Errol Flynn! :-)

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  4. Tim

    February 5, 2014 at 7:33 am

    By the way, anyone out there living near Seattle who might want to get their own Errol Flynn Painting, may want to contact Errol Flynn Painting in Lake Stevens, Snohomish County. I came across them researching this morning. Maybe you can get a Sea Hawk Superbowl victory special!…

    P.S. I believe a most distinguished Errol Flynn scholar hails from Snohomish County – beginning his training in the Errol Flynn arts there as a very young man.

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  5. Tim

    February 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Excellent Errol! Way to go, Van Gogh!
    16.9 Million Pounds!!!…

    For those interested in a detailed exposition of the painting’s history & significance:…

    As good as these articles are, they would have been even better had they documented the value Errol Flynn’s strong connection/previous ownership of the painting obviously had on its value and attraction at auction.

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