Angelina Jolie selling Winston Churchill painting gifted by Brad Pitt
- In 2011, Brad Pitt donated the only war painting Winston Churchill created to Angelina Jolie.
- Now Jolie is selling the painting and is expected to receive up to $ 3.4 million.
- “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” was created in Morocco in 1943 after the Casablanca Conference.
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Angelina Jolie sells the only painting Winston Churchill created during World War II. The painting is expected to cost up to $ 3.4 million.
The painting was gifted to her in 2011 by her then-husband Brad Pitt after buying it from antique dealer MS Rau, CNN reported.
Churchill created the “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” in Marrakech, Morocco, in 1943 after attending the Casablanca Conference. During this summit, he and then US President Franklin D. Roosevelt discussed strategies for defeating Nazi Germany. Churchill then gave the painting to Roosevelt.
The estimated price range is between $ 2 million and $ 3.4 million and is scheduled to go on sale on March 1st.
Oil on canvas by Sir Winston Churchill ‘Tower of Koutoubia Mosque’ is on display in Christie’s auction rooms in London on Friday 29 January 2021.
AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth
Nick Orchard, head of modern British art at Christie’s auction house, said in a statement: “It is the only work Churchill painted during the war, perhaps encouraged by recent Allied advances in what he calls one of the most looked at. ” beautiful countries that he had met. “
Orchard said the painting is “arguably the best painting by Winston Churchill” and underscores the friendship between Churchill and Roosevelt.
“The gift of the work to Roosevelt underscores the fact that Churchill held the American President so highly valued and points to their joint efforts to lead the Allied Powers to the outcome of World War II.”
Churchill is known for his hobby of painting and created over 500 pictures of different motifs and landscapes. This was addressed in Netflix’s “The Crown” when John played Lithgow Churchill. The series also highlighted the importance of a painting by Churchill himself – Graham Sutherland’s portrait of the Prime Minister. It is reported that Lady Spencer-Churchill destroyed this painting because Churchill himself did not like it.
Jolie and Pitt dated for over 15 years after Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston. Jolie and Pitt married in 2014, but two years later, in 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. Jolie and Pitt have six children together, and in a recent interview, Jolie said she divorced Pitt in order to “benefit my family.”