This week, the Beverly Hills outpost of Christie’s Los Angeles is showcasing highlights from the art collection once owned by the late Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. The collection of over 150 artworks, collectively named “Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection,” will be auctioned at Christie’s in November. Poised to be the highest single owner sale ever, the auction is valued at more than $1 billion. Per Allen’s wishes, the estate will donate all the proceeds to philanthropy. The pieces span 500 years of art history, with artists like Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, and more.
“It kind of starts with Botticelli and goes all the way through to David Hockney and the 2010’s,” International Director at Christie’s Johanna Flaum told the Courier. “What we brought to Los Angeles was more of the post-war and contemporary art, mostly in response to the collectors in Los Angeles.”
The collection will be on view from Oct. 11-15 at 336 N. Camden Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.