Angelina Jolie to sell Winston Churchill’s only World War II painting
Written by Rob Picheta, CNN
Angelina Jolie sells the only painting that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created during World War II. The work is expected to raise up to £ 2.5 million ($ 3.4 million) at auction.
Churchill painted “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” in Marrakech, Morocco after attending the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, where he and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt formulated the next stage in their strategy to defeat Nazi Germany.
Churchill gave the painting to Roosevelt and eventually found its way into Jolie’s own collection of artwork. The actress puts the play up for sale, with an estimate of between £ 1.5 and 2.5 million ($ 2 to 3.4 million).
“It is the only work Churchill painted during the war, perhaps encouraged by recent Allied advances in one of the most beautiful countries he has encountered,” said Nick Orchard, director of modern British art at Christie’s auction house. said in a statement.
The painting was created after the two leaders had agreed to accept only an “unconditional surrender” by the Axis powers, a strategically important declaration of intent by the two war figures.
Churchill created the painting after attending the Casablanca Conference in 1943. Recognition: Christie’s Images Ltd.
It is offered by the Jolie Family Collection, which was acquired by the actress in 2011, Christie’s said. The auction house did not provide any details on how Jolie got the painting.
Although Churchill painted several scenes in Morocco before the war began, this is the only known work he did between 1939 and 1945.
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“The ‘Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque’ is therefore arguably Winston Churchill’s best painting because of the importance of the subject to him and the fact that it highlights the importance of the friendship between the two leaders,” said Orchard.
“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.”
The artwork should go on sale on March 1st.