A famous painting by Van Gogh at the National Art Gallery of Canada
Credits: National Gallery of Canada Photo © NGC
As reported in the U.K. Telegraph, art collector Markus Roubrocks, of Cologne, inherited "Still Life with Peonies" from his father, but it has never been authenticated as a genuine Van Gogh.
Roubrocks and two art experts say it is, but the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam says the brush strokes are inconsistent with the painter's style, according to the report.
But the mystery may soon be solved.
An art restorer lifted a three-inch-long red human hair stuck in the paint and will test it against DNA from Van Gogh's living relatives. Expert Ester Monnik told the Telegraph it was so deeply embedded in the layers, it could only belong to the artist - whoever that was.
If proven authentic, it is said the painting could fetch up to 39 million pounds (about $60 million CAD).