Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen’s collection could be the largest art auction in history. Allen’s art collection is now worth an estimated $1 billion.
Allen died in 2018, leaving Christie’s auction house with managing the auction.
According to Deadline, Allen’s collection included 150 works including masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, David Hockney, and Botticelli.
Allen pledged to leave most of his fortune to charity.
Guillaume Cerutti, Christie’s CE, said the auction would be like no other. “The inspirational figure of Paul Allen, the extraordinary quality and diversity 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.”
Allen and Bill Gates created Microsoft in 1975. Allen left the company in 1983 because he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma but remained on the board until 2000.