Vincent Van Gogh Van Gogh, View of the Church of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, October 1889. Oil on canvas. Private collection Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor purchased this painting in 1963, and for the rest of her life she kept it displayed in her home, above her mantle. After her death in 2011, Taylor's collection was put up for auction at Christie's International in London. Her cherished Van Gogh was purchased by an unnamed buyer for $16 million. Via Van Gogh the life.