Van Gogh painting by couple in divorce settlement

Image copyright Sotheby’s Image caption One of the works to be auctioned, ‘The Turn of the Screw’, is by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh

A Swiss couple have sold off a single painting by Vincent van Gogh and other artworks to settle their divorce.

The current value of the work is estimated at $351.7m (£246m).

The work is a self-portrait by the Dutch artist and was among more than 1,400 paintings and drawings to be sold by the US auction house Sotheby’s.

It comes as part of a divorce settlement to the couple’s 21-year marriage.

They each owned paintings by other artists and objects, as well as several paintings together.

Andreas Blechschmidt, a lawyer representing art collector Uli Sigg, told the German daily Bild that the settlement “closes with a tight handshake”.

The two parties will each keep the room where they signed their divorce decree, while the painting on which both settled their art collection was put up for sale, he said.

Image copyright Erik Brodin / @eBrodin / @MatthewFitz , Swann Auctioneers

The painting sold at Sotheby’s last week was titled The Turn of the Screw and was created in 1889.

The painting showed the artist sitting with his arms folded, preparing to paint.

Mr Sigg, who established the Sigg family oil and chemical business, and his wife held an art fair in January.

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