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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1748  1825)  Bal du moulin de la Galette (Smaller version)  Oil on canvas, 1876  78 cm × 114 cm (31 in × 45 in)  Private collection
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Title: Bal du moulin de la Galette
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1748 1825)
Bal du moulin de la Galette (Smaller version)
Oil on canvas, 1876
78 cm × 114 cm (31 in × 45 in)
Private collection

Renoir painted a smaller version of the picture (78 × 114 cm) with the same title. This is in a private collection.

For many years it was owned by John Hay Whitney. On May 17, 1990, his widow sold the painting for US$78 million at Sotheby's in New York City to Ryoei Saito (Saitō Ryōei), the honorary chairman of Daishowa Paper Manufacturing Company, Japan.

At the time of sale, it was one of the top two most expensive artworks ever sold, together with van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet, which was also purchased by Saito. Saito caused international outrage when he suggested in 1991 that he intended to cremate both paintings with him when he died. However, when Saito and his companies ran into severe financial difficulties, bankers who held the painting as collateral for loans arranged a confidential sale through Sotheby's to an undisclosed buyer. Although not known for certain, the painting is believed to be in the hands of a Swiss collector.

As of June 2009 the Bal du moulin de la Galette is fifth (when adjusted for the consumer price index) on the list of most expensive paintings ever sold.

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