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UNPRECEDENTED $1 BILLION PHILANTHROPIC SALE OF MASTERPIECES SPANNING 500 YEARS OF ART HISTORY

 

SOLD ACROSS TWO LIVE AUCTIONS IN NEW YORK CITY

PART I: 9 NOVEMBER | 7PM

PART II: 10 NOVEMBER | 10AM

WORLDWIDE TOUR BEGINS 5 OCTOBER

PAUL CÉZANNE (1839-1906)

La montagne Sainte-Victoire

oil on canvas

25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in.(65.1 x 81 cm.)

Painted in 1888-1890

Estimate on request; in excess of $120,000,000

NEW YORK – Christie’s and the estate of philanthropist Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, are proud to announce an historic auction of more than 150 masterpieces spanning 500 years of art history. Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection reflects the depth and range of Mr. Allen’s collecting, which is unlike anything that has come before, connecting a visionary innovator and the ground-breaking artists he collected. Valued in excess of $1 billion, the sale of the Collection will be the largest and most exceptional art auction in history when it is sold at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in November 2022. All sale proceeds will be dedicated to philanthropy, pursuant to Mr. Allen’s wishes.

Jody Allen, Executor of the Paul G. Allen Estate, commented, “To Paul, art was both analytical and emotional. He believed that art expressed a unique view of reality – combining the artist’s inner state and inner eye – in a way that can inspire us all. His collection reflects the diversity of his interests, with their own mystique and beauty. These works mean so much to so many, and I know that Christie’s will ensure their respectful dispersal to generate tremendous value for philanthropic pursuits in accordance with Paul’s wishes.”

A visionary and innovator, Paul G. Allen collected art of the finest caliber, acquiring superb pieces by the world’s most iconic artists. The sale will include examples, often among the finest in private hands, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, J.M.W. Turner, Edouard Manet, Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and many others. The collection reflects the pioneering work of artistic visionaries through their expression of paint, light, portraiture, and place.

 

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