Angelina Jolie Cleanses Home Of Brad Pitt By Selling Famous Artwork That He Gifted Her

Taking out the trash

It’s safe to say that most of us have suffered through a gruelling and uncomfortable break up.

But while many stick to avoiding their ex-partner at all costs, Angelina Jolie has opted to cleanse her home by ridding herself of any relics that came from ex-husband Brad Pitt.

Parting ways with a rare painting that Pitt gifted her, Jolie has officially sold “Tower of Koutoubia Mosque” by Winston Churchill in a London art auction for approximately AUD $14.8 million, as reported by People.

The oil painting features a sunset over Marrakech, Morrocoo and was the only one created by the late British prime minister during World War II. According to a press release from Christie’s, the London-based auction house who handled the sale, the rare artwork was previously gifted to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 as a birthday gift.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque was created following the Casablanca Conference where it was agreed by the Allied forces that only complete surrender by the Axis powers would be acceptable,” Nick Orchard, head of modern British art at Christie’s in London, said in a statement.

“It is the only work that Churchill painted during the war, 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 added that the artwork is “arguably the best painting by Winston Churchill due to the significance of the subject matter to him, and the fact that it highlights the importance of the friendship between the two leaders.”

“The gifting of the work to Roosevelt underlines the fact that Churchill held the American President in such high regard and points to their joint efforts in guiding the Allied powers to the outcome of the Second World War,” he said.

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque painting
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The artwork was originally estimated to sell somewhere between approximately AUD $2.5 million to $4.48 million and was acquired by an anonymous buyer via telephone who also purchased two other Churchill paintings during the event, as per The New York Times.

According to the New York PostChurchill’s artwork was last sold for approximately AUD $3.7 million in 2011 by New Orleans antique dealer M.S. Rau. And it was reported that the buyer was Pitt, who then gifted the priceless painting to Jolie while they were married.

Jolie and Pitt married in 2014, after meeting on set of their 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but announced their separation in 2016. However, the pair are yet to finalise their divorce as they battle over custody over their six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.

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