10 people who became rich after their death

The cool thing when you're rich is that you can spend a lot of money. Well yes it's logical since we are rich. But if there ...


The cool thing when you're rich is that you can spend a lot of money. Well yes it's logical since we are rich. But if there is one thing that is unbearable for any self-respecting rich person, it is to be rich posthumously and not to see the color of all that money while we are still alive. And yet it happened to them and it's ugly.

1. John Kennedy Toole
In the series of writers who have been successful after their death, little John is among the most certainly the most emblematic cases. After writing the most extraordinary book of the twentieth century (see "The conspiracy of fools" brothel to ass) and being rejected from all publishing houses, the author commits suicide at the age of 31 in 1969. His slightly revered mother retrieves the manuscript and tries to publish it. She finally finds a publisher who will release the book in 1980 and will sell more than 1.5 million copies before receiving the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It's nerd as they say.

2. Paul Gauguin




This kind of little Gauguin had a life full of twists and turns but ended up ruined in Polynesia where he managed to get hated by the local population. He dies as a cursed artist in 1903 when his paintings are selling pikes and his sculptures are destroyed for the most part. It would certainly have been hard for him to imagine that one of his paintings, "The Man with the Ax" would be sold 103 years later the modest sum of 40.3 million dollars at an auction.

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3. Emily Dickinson

Like most Zolettes who had fun tickling carbon sheets with their pens, Emily Dickinson has not been successful in her lifetime. Certainly some of her poems have been published but she has not touched more than one kopeck. Dead in 1886 she was later gradually recognized as one of the greatest American writers so we can say that yes, she missed a nice jackpot.

4. Vincent Van Gogh




Van Gogh was not very well known during his lifetime. The guy was nice to cut his ear there was nothing to do. He died without money, in misery and certainly did not suspect that a century later, one of his paintings "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" would have sold 82.5 million dollars.

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5. Nick Drake


You do not know who it is? Yes, that's normal, we do not throw the stone at you. Even if many artists claim his songs, it must be admitted that the guy dies at 26 (he is not even part of the club 27, LOOOOOSER) without having experienced any success. It's only 26 years later that Volkswagen pays homage to him by using one of his songs "Pink moon" in an advertisement that will boost the singer's record sales. Like what sometimes we can thank the pub.

6. Amedeo Modigliani





Today, we know his paintings up and down (especially across) and it is difficult for us to imagine that this painter from a very poor family died in total destitution at 36, sick and alcoholic and his pregnant girl of 9 months decides to end his day two days later. In short a dirty atmosphere among the Modigliani. They were far from suspecting that Amadeo's paintings would sell for tens of millions of dollars 80 years later ("Naked sitting on a couch" sold $ 68.9 million in 2010 in New York).

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7. Stieg Larsson

You know it's the guy who made us the Millenium trilogy, 2 million copies sold, multiple film adaptations. But good considering that the poor guy died of a heart attack in 2004 and that the first opus of his trilogy was released in 2005, well we can say that he did not see at all the color of his international success and all the money he could have touched. The balls, the glands, the boogers that during as they say at home (I live in the 14th).

8. Johannes Vermeer
Vermeer may have painted paintings such as "The Girl with the Pearl", also known as the North Mona Lisa, which was visited by more than 10,000 visitors each day in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art before returning at home at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, we must not forget that he died in debt to the neck with a family of 11 children ...

9. Le Greco




the so-called Domínikos Theotokópoulosa, is a major painter of the seventeenth century who died in 1614. He remained totally unknown for a century until romanticism made him one of his great inspirers. And it is only in the XXI century that his paintings such as "Saint-Dominique in prayer" are sold between 5 and 15 million dollars. But as the dollars did not exist in the seventeenth, we could have spoken to him but he clearly did not get anything.

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10. Henry Darger

Author and painter now exhibited in many major international museums Henry Darger owes his posthumous success to the owner of his apartment who discovered his works once his tenant left the weapon in 1973. And during his life, this artist will have known that the low-remunerated hospital porter's profession. It's ugly. Finally except for the hospital. And the doors.

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