Major artworks owned by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen went for big bucks at Christie’s two-day auction.
Works by artists including Cézanne, Seurat, and Van Gogh are included.
fetch auction At a record 1.6 billion dollars.
All 155 artworks on display were sold at auction Wednesday and Thursday in New York, and five paintings have sold for more than $100 million.
“Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Small Edition)” by Georges Seurat sold for $149.2 million, the highest price on Wednesday night.
Christie’s experts said pointillism, a technique developed by Seurat and Paul Signac that involves dots of color that combine to form an image, was of particular interest to Allen because computer background.
Other highlights from Wednesday’s sale included Paul Cézanne’s “La Montagne Sainte-Victoire,” which sold for $137.8 million, and Van Gogh’s landscape “Verger avec cyprès,” which sold for $117.2 million.
Sales on Thursday topped Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen’s sculpture “Eraser’s Typewriter, Scale X,” which grossed $8.4 million.
All proceeds will benefit Selected Charities Owned by Allen.
Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates, died of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2018.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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