Paul AllenHis extraordinary art collection is set to be sold at the largest auction of its kind in history.
late Microsoft The co-founder died in 2018, raising an estimated $1 billion collection that included 150 works, including masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, David Hockney and Botticelli.
Christie’s auction house will manage the auction scheduled for November, and all proceeds will go to charity in accordance with Allen’s will.
Allen founded Microsoft in 1975 with his childhood friend Bill Gates, but left the company in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He remained on the company’s board until 2000, and founded his company with his sister Jodie to manage its vast investment portfolio and accelerate its philanthropy. In 2010, he pledged to give away a large portion of his fortune to charity, a move that Gates also made.
Christie’s CEO Guillaume Cerutti said the auction will be like no other:
“The inspirational personality of Paul Allen, the exceptional quality and variety of works, and the dedication of all proceeds to philanthropy, create a unique combination that will make the sale of the Paul G. Allen Collection an event of unprecedented magnitude.”
The estate’s executor, Jody Allen, added the works of her late brother’s choice: “It reflects the diversity of their interests with their own mystery and beauty.”