In Pictures: See what $1 billion worth of art looks like, courtesy of the Paul Allen Collection Sale at Christie’s


In August, Christie’s caused an uproar in the art world (and beyond) when it announced it had won the auction of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s multi-billion dollar art collection in an auction they dubbed “Visionary.” ”

Although the tremendous breadth and depth of Allen’s art collection was well known to friends, industry professionals, and museumgoers—who have seen the many touring exhibitions featuring loans from Allen—Christie’s preserved details about what will shape the art world at the most profitable auction nearby the chest.

The strategy paid off as Christie’s made headlines in recent months when it unveiled the inclusion of Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat and a cache of four paintings by Georgia O’Keefe. And since October 29th, all 156 lots from the auction are on public view at Christie’s Rockefeller Center gallery until November 8th. On offer are everything from art historical works by Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat to contemporary treasures by Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor, as well as some interesting deep cuts – a sculpture by Pablo Picasso and a chart by René Magritte. The sale itself takes place over two days, November 9th and 10th.

Notably, Allen’s tastes were obviously geared towards male artists. Only 13 of the 156 artworks were created by women, with only seven uniquely female names represented, including Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin and Louise Bourgeois.

Still, the auction preview is a true museum-quality exhibition, not only for the range of stylistic periods covered, but also for the legend behind the man who created it. In case you can’t make it to Rockefeller Center, we’ve put together a little highlight reel of everything coming to the auction block next week – up to the rest of Allen’s work, which is still estimated to be worth over $500 million , also appearing on the market .

Installation view of Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection in the galleries of Christie’s Rockefeller Center.

Gerhard Richter, Untitled (1989). Estimated at $6 to $8 million.

Pablo Picasso, Quatre Baigneuses (1922). Estimated at $600,000 to $800,000.

Rene Magritte, Leçon by observation Ecrits et dessins by René Magritte (1953). Estimated at $700,000 to $1 million.

Salvador Dalí, The Ghost of Vermeer (1934). Estimated at $4 to $6 million.

jasper johns, Map (1962). Estimated at $3 to $5 million.

Georgia O’Keefe, Red hills with Pedernal, white clouds1936. Estimated at $4-$6 million.

Andrew Wyeth, daydream (1980). Estimated at $2 to $3 million.

Lucian Freud, Large interior, W11 (after Watteau) (1981-83). Estimate on request.

diego rivera, The rivals (1931). Estimated at $7 to $10 million.

Paul Klee, colorful landscape (1928). Estimated at $1.2 to $1.8 million.

Max Ernest, Le Roi Jouant Avec La Reine (1944). Estimated at $8 million to $12 million.

Franz Bacon, Three Self-Portrait Studies (1979). Estimated at $25 to $35 million.

Wayne Thiebaud, Cafe Cart (2012). Estimated at $3 to $5 million.

Wassily Kandinsky, deep brown (1924). Estimated at $10 to $15 million.

John Singer Sargent, The facade of La Salute, Venice (c. 1903). Estimated at $800,000 to $1.2 million.

Jan Bruegel the Younger The five senses, hearing (1625). Whole set of five, estimated at $4-6 million.

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