Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $1 BILLION art collection is set to go under the hammer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $1 BILLION art collection including iconic works by Monet, Cezanne and Botticelli is set to go under the hammer – the most expensive to ever be handled by the auction industry

In November, the art collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will be auctioned off at Christie’s
Allen died in 2018 at the age of 65 following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
The sale is expected to become the most expensive art auction in history
The artists featured Allen’s collection include Paul Cezanne, Jasper Johns and Claude Monet. In 2016, Allen bought a Monet piece for $81 million
The proceeds of the auction will be distributed to various charitable causes that Allen was passionate about during his lifetime
The art world continues to make record profits in a post pandemic world. In 2021, the art market generated over $65 billion
Allen once said of his collection: ‘You have to be doing it because you just love the works… and you know that all these works are going to outlast you. You’re only a temporary custodian of them’

By Paul Farrell For Dailymail.Com

In addition to his classical tastes, Allen also possessed pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s The Kiss