Angelina Jolie sells Sir Winston Churchill painting at auction | Entertainment
Angelina Jolie sold a painting by Sir Winston Churchill for $ 11.55 million.
The 45-year-old actress sold “The Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque”, which was painted by the former British Prime Minister in Marrakech, Morocco during World War II, to an anonymous buyer at an auction in London.
A Christie spokesman described the painting as Churchill’s “most important work”.
The spokesman added: “Aside from its excellent origins, it is the only landscape he created during the war.”
Churchill was an avid artist and, after the Casablanca Conference in 1943, painted the “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque”.
He then gave the artwork to President Franklin Roosevelt, and Angelina became the owner in New Orleans in 2011 after it was put up for sale.
Nick Orchard, Christie’s director of modern British and Irish art, praised the importance of the work of art.
The expert suggested building a “special relationship” between the UK and the US.
He stated: “This is Churchill’s diplomacy in its most personal and intense form.
“It’s not an ordinary gift between executives. This is soft power, and that’s what the special relationship is about.”
Meanwhile, Angelina previously compared “The One and Only Ivan” to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hollywood star, who speaks the African bush elephant Stella in the Disney film she produced, made the comparison when discussing the themes of the film, which was adapted from Katherine Applegate’s 2012 novel of the same name.
Talking about the film and the parallels to the ongoing health crisis, Angelina explained, “There’s also something about imprisonment that I think was sad to talk to children and help each other when they felt locked up.
“I think it appealed to children and touched them at a good time.”