In a tear-jerking video from the BBC, a hypothetical scene is set where famed artist Vincent Van Gogh walks into a museum in Paris in 2010.
As you may know, Van Gogh took his own life in 1890. Despite only selling one painting while he was alive, one of Van Gogh's pieces was sold for $82.5 million in 1990. But Van Gogh's experience isn't unique. In fact, there are at least five other household names you may be familiar with that didn't accrue their fame until long after they were gone.
5. Edgar Alan Poe
Though he died in complete mystery, we do know that when he was alive Edgar Alan Poe struggled to make a living off of his own writing. Despite being relatively well known from his published poems and detective fiction, it was only after his death that his career and legend escalated to a point where his name is recognized by almost anyone you ask. Most of that fame is credited to his work "The Raven."
4. Eva Cassidy
Four years after dying, Eva Cassidy — who lived in relative anonymity — had her rendition of "Over The Rainbow" played on BBC Radio. It was was a massive hit and soon enough her CDs were tops on the Billboard charts in several countries.
3. Anne Frank
Anne Frank gained post-humous notoriety and fame after her diaries about hiding during the German Occupation of the Netherlands were published in 1947.
2. Johann Sebastian Bach
Despite being the most famous composer that ever lived, his reputation for that only grew after his death. While Bach was known for being an organist before he died, it was his composing that is now thought of first — something few people respected him for while he was alive.
1. Heath Ledger
Despite being well-known for his work before portraying the Joker in The Dark Knight, it was that role that escalated Ledger to new levels of fame. Unfortunately, he died before of an accidental overdose before receiving his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
These names and more have all tragically missed the peak of their fame, but the video below explores the idea of what would happen if one of them got to see what their fame really looks like it.