According to Christie’s, it is poised to be the largest and most exceptional sale in auction history.
Christie’s and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s estate have announced a historic auction of over 150 artworks spanning 500 years.
Since these value over $1 billion, Christie’s claimed the sale will be the “largest and most exceptional art auction” yet.
The “Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection” will take place at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in November 2022.
“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,” the estate’s executor, Jody Allen, said.
In line with the late owner’s wishes, Christie’s will dedicate all proceeds to philanthropy.
Allen was an American investor and philanthropist best known for co-founding Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates. He passed away in October 2018 at the age of 65.
“The inspirational figure of Paul Allen, the extraordinary quality and diversity of works, and the dedication of all proceeds to philanthropy, create a unique combination that will make the sale of the Paul G. Allen Collection an event of unprecedented magnitude. Paul’s desire to make this world a better place guided his life. We believe that presenting his collection at auction and giving the opportunity to wider audiences to discover it will be a fitting tribute to celebrate Paul Allen’s vision and legacy,” Christie’s chief executive officer Guillaume Cerutti concluded.
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