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October 28, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

John Walsh, director of Malibu's J. Paul Getty Museum, won't say if Vincent van Gogh's "Irises" will be on the museum's $100-million annual shopping list when the painting goes up for auction at Sotheby's in New York on Nov. 11. "It's a wonderful picture and we've talked about it endlessly," said Walsh to arts reporters during a luncheon in London. The firm suggests that "Irises," painted in 1889, may become the second most expensive painting ever auctioned, following the record $39.85 million paid by a Japanese insurance company for Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" at Christie's in London last March.

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