Late Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen’s Art Sold For Record $1.5bn

Paintings and sculptures owned by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen have been sold for a record $1.5bn (£1.3bn).

It was the largest art auction in history, according to Christie’s.

The auction house said works by Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne and Gustav Klimt each sold for more than $100m (£88m), breaking individual records for those artists.

The proceeds from the sale will be donated to charities supported by Allen before his death in 2018.

The most expensive piece of art bought was Seurat’s 1888 work Les Poseuses, Ensemble (small version), a renowned work of pointillism, which fetched $149.2m (£131m), including fees, Christie’s said.

Mr Allen co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with his childhood friend Bill Gates.