Did you spot a strange head floating above Melbourne this morning?

Famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh has been immortalised in a hot-air balloon by a British company and it has been flown often in his homeland, the Netherlands.

The balloon has taken to the Melbourne skies, piloted by GoldRush Ballooning’s Paul Gibbs en route to the King Valley Balloon Festival in north-east Victoria, held in June.

The 28-metre-high balloon, which reportedly cost $400,000 to make, was digitally printed from a fairly self-explanatory self-portrait, Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat, which Van Gogh painted in Paris in September-October, 1887.

The balloon appears to have both ears in tact, with Van Gogh not cutting his left ear until December 23, 1888.

Did you spot it, Melbourne?

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