Christie's: Works from the collection of the co-founder of Microsoft sold for 1.5 billion

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 Christie's: Works from Microsoft co-founder's collection sold for 1.5 billion

According to Christie's, this was the largest art auction in history.

The auction house said that paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne and Gustav Klimt were sold for more than $1.5 billion, breaking individual records for the cost of paintings by these artists.

The most expensive piece according to Christie's of art was Seurat's 1888 pointillist Les Poseuses, which was bought for $149.2 million.

Among other record-breaking works – ”Cypress Garden” Van Gogh, who went under the hammer for 117.2 million dollars, “Motherhood II” Gauguin, sold for 105.7 million dollars”, and “Klimt's Birch Forest” – for $104.6 million. Paintings by Georgia O'Keefe, Claude Monet, David Hockney, Andrew Wyeth and Pablo Picasso, as well as sculptures by Alexander Calder and Max Ernst were also sold.

Another 90 lots from the Paul Allen collection will be sold in Thursday. Proceeds from the sale will go to charities that Allen supported until his death in 2018. Paul Allen created a charitable foundation during his lifetime, donating hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2010, he pledged to leave most of his wealth to charity after his death. At the time, he was 37th on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world with a net worth of $13.5 billion.

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