Someone stole Marc Chagall’s “Jacob’s Ladder” painting from Gordon Auction House in 1996, several days before it was set to go to auction. The masterpiece was discovered only 23 years later.

And now, you can buy it. For the first time in 20 years, a Chagall painting is being auctioned in Israel.

“Jacob’s Ladder” is in a group of rare, valuable Israeli and international works to be auctioned January 25 by Tiroche Auction House.

“Jacob’s Ladder” by Marc Chagall, oil on canvas, 22×27 cm, signed. Photo courtesy of Tiroche Auction House

Spanning the decades of pre-state Israel through today, the collection up for bidding also includes paintings by Reuven Rubin, Nahum Gutman, Yosl Bergner, Yochanan Simon, Ludwig Blum, Samuel Bak, Naftali Bezem, Abel Pann and Lea Nikel as well as contemporary Israeli artists Nir Hod and Zoya Cherkassky.

Bidders may attend in person at Tiroche headquarters in Herzliya Pituach; bid by phone; or participate live online via the Tiroche Auction House website.

Click here to see the full digital catalog of all artworks to be auctioned.

Nachum Gutman’s signed gouache-on-paper “Synagogue” will be auctioned by Israel’s Tiroche Auction House on January 25, 2020. Photo: courtesy

Tiroche Auction House, founded in 1992, is Israel’s largest auction house. It’s managed by Amitai Hazan Tiroche, grandson of Jean Tiroche, a Holocaust survivor who established the first art gallery in Tel Aviv and went on to become a world-renowned art dealer.

“It has been more than 20 years since an oil painting by Chagall has been sold in Israel, and we are thrilled to exhibit the work of the most important Jewish artist,” said Tiroche.

“While contemporary art continues to dominate the international market, the Israeli masters still see strong and increasing interest across the art world, with new bidders and acquisitions from the United States over the last three to four years.”