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Angelina Jolie Sells A Painting By Winston Churchill For More Than $11 Million

After at least ten bidders fought over the picture for about ten minutes, the $11.6 million price was agreed upon, setting a record for the highest sum ever paid for a Churchill painting.

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The “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque,” which Churchill painted as a present for FDR, has been owned by several people since his death in 1945. Jolie and then-husband Brad Pitt reportedly purchased the work in 2011, and in finding a buyer for $11.6 million the Jolie Family Collection surpassed any expectations for the sale of the painting, since it was only expected to go for up to $3.4 million according to pre-sale estimates.

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The $11.6 million price was settled after at least ten bidders battled over the painting for nearly ten minutes, and in the process set a record for the highest price ever paid for a Churchill painting. Although earlier Churchill artwork has sold for up to $2.5 million, this specific piece is regarded as being more valuable due to its historical relevance and the circumstances surrounding its creation.

According to legend, Churchill created “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” soon after the renowned Casablanca Conference in 1943, where he and President Roosevelt discussed strategies for winning the war. After talking the president into visiting Marrakesh with him, he did the painting and intended it “as a memento of this short interlude in the crash of war.”