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

Carlie Porterfield

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

Key Facts

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque sold at a Christie’s London auction for far beyond the auction house’s $3.4 million estimated high-end price tag.

The painting shows a sunset over Marrakech’s largest mosque, which Churchill took President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to see the day after the 1943 Casablanca Conference, where the allies committed to seek Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender.

Roosevelt was so enamoured with the sunset that Churchill painted the scene as a gift for the president, the only piece of art he completed during World War II, according to Christie’s.

Christie’s head of modern British art Nick Orchard said in a statement the painting is “arguably the best painting by Winston Churchill” because of the subject’s personal significance to him and how it symbolizes his relationship with Roosevelt.

The painting was purchased by Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt in 2011, and was part of an expansive art collection held by the couple that was estimated to be worth roughly $25 million.

Key Background

An avid artist, Churchill completed more than 550 paintings. The previous highest price fetched by his work at auction was a painting of a school of goldfish in a pond at his Chartwell country house in Kent, England, that sold for $2.76 million in 2014. 

Further Reading

Angelina Jolie To Sell Winston Churchill Painting Owned By Her And Brad Pitt (Forbes)

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