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Christie's sells Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's $1 billion collection.

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The art collection of Microsoft co-founder and tech mogul Paul Allen, who died in 2018 at the age of 65, will be sold at Christie’s.of wall street journal It was first reported on Thursday.

Allen published in art news‘s Top 200 Collectors list has amassed an estimated $1 billion worth of collections over 20 years. The house has yet to announce when Allen’s holding will hit the block.

Christie’s sells 150 works of art from Allen’s legacy. The auction is expected to be the most expensive art collection ever sold, beating out her two recent high-profile single-owner auctions. $922 million generated by the court-ordered sale of McCullough’s collection at Sotheby’s earlier this year, and $922 million generated by the sale of the David Rockefeller collection at Christie’s in 2018 is expected to exceed

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Allen, whose cause of death was due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, left his entire estate to his sister Jodie Allen.

Known primarily as a technology pioneer since the mid-’70s, Allen was also known as a serious philanthropist and art collector. He was first listed in the Top 200 Collectors of the Year in his 1997 and was featured in each edition until his death in 2018. In the 2020 list, art news predicted that Allen’s collection would soon be auctioned.

Works for sale from the collection include a 1960 canvas by Jasper Johns small false startestimated to sell for at least $50 million, Paul Cézanne’s 1888-90 landscape La Montagne Sainte Victoire, Estimated at about $10 billion.

Christie’s America chairman Mark Porter said the proceeds from the sale will be donated to charity. Known as an active philanthropist throughout her life, Allen distributed her $2 billion in funds related to her medical, environmental, and cultural causes. His other efforts in the cultural space include establishing the Museum of Pop He Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle in 2000 and hosting the Seattle Art Fair in 2015.

His extensive collection spans various periods of art history, from the Old Masters to Impressionists to modern and contemporary art. His representative artists include Canaletto, Botticelli, Jan Bruegel, Renoir, Manet, Gauguin, Seurat, Marc Rothko, Edward Hopper, Alexander his Calder, Ed his Ruscha and David Hockney.

Other major works he is known to have purchased at auction include a 1956 abstract painting by Mark Rothko. yellow over purple and Paul Gauguin’s 1899 canvas Maternity ⅡBoth were purchased in the early 2000s for $14.3 million and $39.2 million respectively. In 2006 he purchased Gustav Klimt’s his 1903 landscape. birch forest $40.3 million at Christie’s;

Few major works are known to have been sold from Allen’s collection. In 2016, Phillips acquired Gerhard Richter’s duesen jaeger (1953), a realistic painting of an airplane from the Allen collection, $25.5 million.

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