A historic painting by the late British prime minister Winston Churchill, which Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bought together, will be sold at auction next month for between $2.1 million and $3.4 million.
Christie’s will sell a landscape painted by Churchill as part of an event celebrating contemporary British art. Churchill was an amateur painter who gave his work, titled “The Minaret of the Qutubiya Mosque,” to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a souvenir. The landscape was painted when Churchill attended a conference in Casablanca and then nearby Marrakech in January 1943. It was there that the two world leaders discussed their plan to defeat the Nazis in World War II. Churchill painted about 500 pictures, but this is the only one he produced during the war.
After Roosevelt died in 1945, the painting was sold by the president’s son and changed hands several times before Pitt and Jolie bought it back in 2011. The stars parted ways in 2016, and the work is now part of Jolie’s Smash Collection, which she put up for auction.
Nick Orchard, who curates contemporary British art at Christie’s, said the piece is “probably Churchill’s most important work.”