Auction: Microsoft co-founder’s collection sold for 1.59 billion euros

At Christie’s in New York, the collection of Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, who died in 2018, went to auction last weekend for a total of … 1.59 billion euros. Never seen.

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L155 paintings were sold. Five centuries of masterpieces: from Botticelli to David Hockney via Brueghel, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Giacometti…

Paul Allen’s collection is staggering. With her, on November 8 and 9, Christie’s happily passed the symbolic milestone of one billion dollars, smashing the 835 million collected in 2018 by the banker David Rockefeller’s collection and the 922 million from the dispersal, in 2021, of modern and contemporary art treasures. American property developer Harry Macklowe is divorcing his wife Linda…

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