Collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sold at auction

Historic auction at Christie's

On 9 and 10 November, the auction house Christie's auctioned off the collection of Paul Allen. The Microsoft co-founder passed away in 2018, and most of the proceeds are to go to charity. After the first evening, it was already clear that this auction was breaking records.

November 11, 2022

The most expensive painting of the auction

Georges Seurat

Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version)

Found at Christies, New York
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I, Lot 8
9. Nov - 9. Nov 2022
Estimate: -1 - -1 USD
Price realised: 149.240.000 USD
Details

Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection was the title of Christie's auction of the collection of Microsoft co-founder Allen − and thus cleverly stoked the hype around the auction. On 9 November alone, the first day of the auction, the auction house sold all the paintings on offer within two and a half hours. The total proceeds of 1.5 billion US dollars are the highest sum ever raised within one auction by just one collector. It even far surpassed the Macklowe Collection at Sotheby's. It amounted to 922 million US dollars. The second day of sales of the Allen collection on 10 November put another 115 million US dollars on top. Allen, who died in 2018, had arranged for the proceeds to go to charity.

More than 20 painters set new records. Andrew Wyeth's Day Dream (1980), for example, cost 20 million US dollars, Gustav Klimt's Birch Forest (1903) 104.5 million US dollars. Works by four other painters also cracked the 100 million dollar mark: Georges Seurat's Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version) (1888) fetched 149.2 million US dollars, Vincent Van Gogh's Verger avec cyprès (1888) 117.2 million, Paul Cezanne's La Montagne Sainte-Victoire (1888/1890) 137.8 million and Paul Gauguin's Maternité II (1899) 105.7 million. Other top prices were recorded by Lucian Freud, Georgia O'Keeffe, Barbara Hepworth, Max Ernst and Thomas Hart Benton, among others.Art.Salon

Vincent Van Gogh

Verger avec cyprès

Found at Christies, New York
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I, Lot 22
9. Nov - 9. Nov 2022
Estimate: -1 - -1 USD
Price realised: 117.180.000 USD
Details
Paul Gauguin - Maternité II
Auction
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: -1 - -1 USD
Realised: 105.730.000 USD
Details
Gustav Klimt - Birch Forest
Auction
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: -1 - -1 USD
Realised: 104.585.000 USD
Details
Paul Cezanne - La Montagne Sainte-Victoire
Auction
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: -1 - -1 USD
Realised: 137.790.000 USD
Details
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