Angelina Jolie’s Winston Churchill Painting Sells For A Record $12 Million

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A rare Prime Minister Winston Churchill painting with a presidential past owned by actress Angelina Jolie sold at auction Monday for nearly $ 12 million, including hammer fees, a record price for statesman’s art.

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Key factors

The tower of the Koutoubia Mosque was sold at Christie’s auction in London for well over the auction house’s estimated high-end price of $ 3.4 million.

The painting shows a sunset over Marrakech’s largest mosque, to which Churchill led President Franklin Delano Roosevelt the day after the 1943 Casablanca Conference, at which the Allies pledged to unconditionally surrender Nazi Germany.

Roosevelt was so in love with the sunset that Churchill painted the scene as a present for the President, the only work of art Christie’s said he completed during World War II.

Christie’s head of modern British art, Nick Orchard, said in a statement that the painting was “arguably Winston Churchill’s best painting,” as the subject had a personal meaning and symbolized his relationship with Roosevelt.

Purchased by Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt in 2011, the painting was part of the couple’s extensive art collection, valued at around $ 25 million.

Key background

Churchill, an avid artist, completed more than 550 paintings. The highest price his auction fetched to date was a painting of a school of goldfish in a pond in his Chartwell country house in Kent, England, which sold for $ 2.76 million in 2014.

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Angelina Jolie sells Winston Churchill paintings by her and Brad Pitt (Forbes)

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