Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Ricky Gervais Has Managed To Sell Art Better Than Van Gogh

ricky.jpg
89585.jpg

We all know about Ricky Gervais’ talent for making people laugh but until now we didn’t know that he had a talent for painting.

Yes, we had seen the pictures of Karl Pilkington’s perfectly round head and the odd impressionistic doodle of his friend Robin Ince as some abomination of nature but we had no idea about his skills with a brush.

On Sunday Scottish auctioneers McTears sold Gervais’ painting ‘Sunset Cityscape’ for a very tidy £1,900 to an anonymous bidder.

To put this in context, the only painting sold by Vincent Van Gogh in his lifetime went for a measly 400 Francs in 1890, which is only around £690 today.

Unlike Van Gogh, Gervais has been enormously successful and so probably won’t be cutting off an ear or any other appendage.

Sunset Cityscape

The auction house said: "Ricky Gervais is a hugely talented guy and the painting shows that when it comes to the creative arts, he can turn his hand to just about anything.” 

We expect a life drawing of Stephen Merchant reclining with an apple in his mouth any day now. 

Related

brent-hopkins.jpg

Who Said It: Katie Hopkins Or David Brent?

gervais1.jpg

Ricky Gervais Returns With More Brilliant Zero-Effort Adverts

david.jpg

Wearing Black Will Make You More Attractive To Women

gervais1.jpg

Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious New Netflix Ads

gervais2.jpg

Netflix Acquires Ricky Gervais' 'Special Correspondents'

gervaislipflip3.jpg

Ricky Gervais Flips Lips With Jimmy Fallon

Comments

More

The Shortlist guide to the 50 greatest songs of 2016

Your no-nonsense guide to this year's essential tunes

by Dave Fawbert
08 Dec 2016

The Rock and Zac Efron star in the first trailer for Baywatch

Slow-mo running included (obviously)

by Joe Ellison
08 Dec 2016

The art of getting hurt: an interview with a journeyman boxer

Sonny Whiting is a journeyman boxer: a man paid to make other fighters look good.

08 Dec 2016

Riz Ahmed: "I think change is coming, but it’s slow”

Formidably talented and unapologetically smart, Riz Ahmed is the kind of British movie star we can get behind

08 Dec 2016

Sling your eyes onto this new 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' teaser

Looks like Marvel Studios has another winner on its hands

by Chris Sayer
08 Dec 2016

Tom Hanks and Emma Watson explore the dark side of Silicon Valley

Imagine Tom Hanks in an extended episode of Black Mirror

by Emily Badiozzaman
07 Dec 2016

Cruz Beckham just released a Christmas song produced by Rodney Jerkins

The youngest Beckham son launches his music career

by Dave Fawbert
07 Dec 2016

The ultimate movie trailer mashup of 2016 will rock your world

Featuring the best bits from 2016's greatest cinematic moments

by Tom Fordy
06 Dec 2016

Westworld producers discuss the big questions from season one's finale

It's also been revealed the HBO show won’t be returning until 2018

by Joe Ellison
06 Dec 2016

This supercut of noises Chance the Rapper makes is Very Important

All together now: AIGH. IGH. AH. BUH-BUH. AIGH.

by Sam Diss
06 Dec 2016