More than 150 pieces of art owned by late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen have gone up for auction.
In the first of two days on the auction block, 60 pieces fetched over $1.5 billion, setting a record for the most valuable private collection sale of all time.
The artworks come from the likes of van Gogh, O'Keeffe, Monet, Seurat, and more. Take a look at some highlights from Allen's collection below.
A massive art collection from late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has hit the auction block.
Christie's is handling the auction of the more than 150 artworks, collectively called "Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection," which span more than 500 years of art history. Proceeds from the sale will be "dedicated to philanthropy, pursuant to Mr. Allen's wishes," according to a press release.
The auction began November 9, when 60 pieces from the collection fetched a combined total of $1,506,386,000, setting the record for the priciest private collection sale of all time.
The record previously belonged to New York property developer Harry Macklowe and his ex-wife, Linda, when their collection fetched $922 million in May.
Five of the paintings in Allen's collection brought in more than $100 million apiece, each setting a world record. The most expensive work was Georges Seurat's "Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version)", which drew $149.2 million. The painting depicts three nude women in Seurat's signature style of Pointillism.
The remaining works are up for auction November 10.
Allen, who was 65 years old and the 27th-richest person in the world at the time of his death in 2018, once said of his love for art: "You have to be doing it because you just love the works...and you know that all these works are going to outlast you. You're only a temporary custodian of them."
The pieces in the Visionary collection come from artists like Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, and more. Here's a closer look at some of the highlights from Allen's collection:
Vincent van Gogh, "Verger avec cyprès"
Claude Monet, "Waterloo Bridge soleil voilé"
Édouard Manet, "Le Grand Canal à Venise"
Paul Gauguin, "Maternité II"
Paul Cézanne, "La Montagne Sainte-Victoire"
Joseph Mallord William Turner, "Depositing of John Bellini's Three Pictures in La Chiesa Redentore, Venice"
Paul Signac, "Concarneau calme du matin (Opus no. 219, larghetto)"
Lucian Freud, "Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau)"
Louise Bourgeois, "Black Flames"
Georgia O'Keeffe, "White Rose with Larkspur No. 1"
Agnes Martin, "Untitled"
René Magritte, "La voix du sang"
Jasper Johns, "Map"
Jasper Johns, "Small False Start"
Francis Bacon, "Three Studies for Self-Portrait"
Gustav Klimt, "Birch Forest"
Jan Brueghel The Younger, "The Five Senses, Taste" (set of five panels)
Jan Brueghel The Younger, "The Five Senses, Touch" (set of five panels)
Jan Brueghel The Younger, "The Five Senses, Hearing" (set of five panels)
Jan Brueghel The Younger, "The Five Senses, Sight" (set of five panels)
Jan Brueghel The Younger, "The Five Senses, Smell" (set of five panels)
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