The play was offered for sale by American actress Angeline Jolie. The most famous of the works of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was auctioned for £ 7 million, or 8.1 million euros, for Christie’s auction house in London, this Monday, March 1.
“The tower of the Koutoubia mosque” (1943) in Marrakech, a painting painted on the occasion of an official visit to Morocco during World War II, as well powdered estimates (from 1.7 to 2.8 million euros), announced the auction house Christie’s on Twitter. Including costs, the amount of the sale amounts to 8,285 million pounds (about 9.6 million euros).
Winston churchill offered it to Roosevelt at the timeIt was later sold by one of Roosevelt’s children in the 1950s. Thus, the painting changed hands several times, before landing in the collection of the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt couple in 2011.
According to British art historian Barry Phipps in the catalog, this oil on canvas is considered ” Sir Winston Churchill’s most important painting“for its” woven into the history of the twentieth century. “This simple landscape represents the minaret, symbol of the power of the Almohad dynasty (12th century), intertwined by the walls of the old city and supported by the snow-capped mountains.
Winston Churchill began painting around 40. The one who liked to flee the political storms and the gray of London he discovered the light of the ocher city of Marrakech in the 1930s, at the time of the French protectorate, and made a total of six trips there in 23 years. A photograph from the period press also shows Roosevelt and Churchill admiring together from Villa Taylor the sunset over the panorama that will inspire the painting.
In the same sale, Two other Churchill paintings raised the stakes: a Marrakech landscape was sold for 1.55 million pounds (1.8 million euros), while it was estimated between 300,000 and 500,000 pounds and a view of St Paul’s Cathedral in London estimated between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds sterling, auctioned for 880,000 pounds (1.2 million euros).