Date Published 31 March 2012
The South London house where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1873-1874 was this week sold at auction for £565,000.
At the age of 20 Van Gogh arrived in London to start work at an art dealership in Southampton Street and from August of 1873 he lived at 87 Hackford Road.
The house was owned by Mrs Loyer who lived there with her daughter and it was Mrs Loyer`s daughter who Van Gogh reputedly first fell in love with.
There is also a sketch of Hackford Road which includes number 87, this was in the possession of Eugenie Loyer`s granddaughter, Mrs Kathleen Maynard, and is now in the Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam.
No 87 Hackford Road, SW9 is a three-bedroom end of terrace house which is Grade II listed and in need of modernisation.
Van Gogh`s stay is recorded with an English Heritage blue plaque.
In addition, to commemorate the fact Van Gogh lived here, the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam produced a gold medal and presented it to the current owners which will be given to the new purchaser.
Russell Taylor, Savills Auctions, said: "We had a number of bidders vying for the property but the winning bid was to an arts enthusiast who had a great admiration for Van Gogh."