Every once in a while I have to ask, Wheres Dr. Gachet?
Painted by Vincent Van Gogh in June of 1890 it is one of the pieces that comes from the doctors own collection. The painting broke a record a 100 years later when it sold in 1990 for $82 million. It was purchased by a Japanese businessman who promptly announced his desire to have the painting cremated along with his body when he died.
Spokesperson for the man said he loved the painting and always wished to have it with him, unfortunately he died 6 years later and the painting has not been seen in public since.
In the late 1990's the Metropolitan museum of art in New York put together a show on Dr. Gachet's collection with the hopes that this portrait would be the shows centerpiece. Perhaps the show was an attempt to "smoke out" the painting from its hiding place.
They were unable to locate it.