The hitch is that the work is predicted to sell for $28 million to $35 million, and it’s likely to go for more. So the innkeeper decided to try to crowdsource the funding to purchase it. He’s started a website, Van Gogh’s Dream and is soliciting donations to try to purchase the painting and display it in “the smallest museum in the world.” If you donate more than $5,000 you get your own key to the attic. (It would take 7,000 people donating $5,000 each to get to $35 million. I imagine the attic could get kind of crowded on weekends.)
He refused to say how much money’s been raised so far, but I am very curious to see what happens in three weeks.