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Angelina Jolie doesn’t seem to be holding onto things for sentimental value, as she has just sold a painting which was a gift from Brad Pitt for an eye-watering $11.5 million.
The painting in question is a 1943 painting by Winston Churchill entitled ‘Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque’ – and it actually has quite a significant bit of history attached to it!
“Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque was created following the Casablanca Conference where it was agreed by the Allied forces that only complete surrender by the Axis powers would be acceptable,” read a press release by the auction house, Christie’s.
“It is the only work that Churchill painted during the war, perhaps encouraged by the recent progress made by the Allies in what he considered to be one of the most beautiful countries he had encountered.”
Click here to take a look at the painting, courtesy of The Art Newspaper.
The painting has certainly increased in value since being in the Jolie-Pitt household, as according to Page Six, Brad Pitt purchased it for $2.95 million from a New Orleans antique dealer called M.S. Rau back in 2011.
Nobody imagined that the painting would fetch this much just ten years later…
“When we sold the ‘Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque’ by Winston Churchill, it was valued at just under $3 million, a fair price for such a historic work. The fact that it sold at auction for $11.5 million just goes to show you that important pieces will continue to be coveted and fetch top dollar,” Bill Rau of M.S. Rau told Page Six.
He then went on to explain that the painting had quite a history attached to it, as it was gifted by Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt long before it went to the home of one of the most famous Hollywood couples at the time…
“The painting has had an unprecedented journey, from being gifted to a US President, to being hidden away in a closet for nearly half a century, to being owned by the most famous couple in Hollywood,” he continued.
“I’m thrilled that M.S. Rau was able to bring this amazing piece back into the spotlight.”
The painting was sold at Christie’s “Modern British Art Evening Sale” auction in London on Monday night and went to a mystery Belgian bidder.
We have no idea who the lucky – and very wealthy – the new owner of the painting is, other than the fact that they must be a very big – and again, very rich – Winston Churchill fan, as they also reportedly bought two other Winston Churchill pieces at the same auction.
Congratulations to the new owner – and of course, to Angelina Jolie for making such a huge profit!