This might still be an unknown fact for most people, but former British prime minister and career military officer Winston Churchill was also an artist.
One of these paintings was sold by actress Angelina Jolie at an auction in London for a record value of more than 8 million euros.
The artwork, which as sold to an anonymous buyer, was The Tower Of The Koutoubia Mosque. Painted in Marrakesh during World War II, it is considered to be one of Churchill’s more important pieces.
At the time it was painted, Churchill gave it as a birthday gift to former USA president Franklin Roosevelt — an action which reflects his diplomatic politics of personal character and based on soft power.
#AuctionUpdate A new #WorldAuctionRecord for Sir Winston Churchill with 'Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque' (1943) selling for £8,285,000. This is the only painting created by Churchill during the Second World War: https://t.co/JCBvGaFShW pic.twitter.com/iZMumvmwp2
— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) March 1, 2021
Acquired by Angelina Jolie when it went on sale in New Orleans back in 2011, this landscape was painted by Churchill from the balcony of Marrakesh’s Villa Taylor following the Casablanca Conference in 1943.
It depicts the mosque’s minaret behind the old city walls, with mountains on the background and tiny figures in front.
Besides The Tower Of The Koutoubia Mosque, two other Churchill originals were sold at the auction. The three paintings together raised a value of more than 10 million euros.