Angelina Jolie to sell the only wartime painting by Winston Churchill, it's expected to fetch R51 million

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Angelina Jollie is selling a multimilion wartime painting by Winston Churchill.
Angelina Jollie is selling a multimilion wartime painting by Winston Churchill.
  • Angelina Jolie is selling the only painting created by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II on auction.
  • Churchill created the work following the Casablanca conference of 1943, held on 14 January to 21 January as a gift for Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • The painting is estimated to fetch $3.4 million (R51 million).


Angelina Jolie is selling the only painting created by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II on auction. This multi-million dollar painting, which was gifted to her by Brad Pitt is being offered at Christie's by the actress and philanthropist.

The painting titled "The Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque" depicts a quiet scene in Marrakech, Morocco. A 12th century mosque sits in front the face of the Atlas Mountains, minarets piercing into a cloudy sky. Churchill created the work following the Casablanca conference of 1943, held on 14 January to 21 January.

The Casablanca Conference was held at the Anfa Hotel and addressed the specifics of tactical procedure, allocation of resources, and the broader issues of diplomatic policy. The debate and negotiations produced what was known as the Casablanca Declaration, and perhaps its most historically provocative statement of purpose, the "unconditional surrender" of the Axis powers (Rome - Berlin - Tokyo).

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Titled ‘Tower of Koutoubia Mosque”, the painting w
Titled ‘Tower of Koutoubia Mosque”, the painting was originally a gift from Churchill, the UK’s prime minister at the time to US president Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Photo: Supplied)

It is said that American President Franklin D. Roosevelt was so impressed by the scene, that Churchill decided to paint and offer it to the president as a gift.

In 2011, Actor Brad Pitt bought the painting from high-end dealer M.S Rau for his then-wife, Angelina Jolie. It that made its way into Angelina Jolie's art collection and is set to be sold on 1 March this year at an estimated price of $3.4 million (R51 million).

The head of modern British Art at auction house Christie's Nick Orchard said:

"it is the only work that Churchill painted during the would war II, perhaps encouraged by the recent progress made by the Allies in what he considered to be one of the most beautiful countries he had encountered."

Orchard says that the painting is by far the best painting by Winston Churchill and it highlights the friendship between Churchill and Roosevelt.

The gifting of the work to Roosevelt, he adds, "underlines the fact that Churchill held the American President in such a high regard and it points to their joing efforts in guiding the Allied powers to the outcomes of the Second World War,"

Well-known for his hobby of painting, Churchill, created over 500 pictures of various subjects and landscapes. This was revealed on the Netflix Series "The Crown" where John Lithgow plays Churchill. In this series, the importance of Churchill's paintings and that of himself painted by Graham Sutherland. It is also reported  that Lady Spencer- Churchill destroyed this painting as Churchill did not like it.

Sources: CNN and Insider.

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