Angelina Jolie decides to sell Winston Churchill’s painting of Kutubiyya Mosque
Famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has decided to sell a unique and historically important painting of Morocco’s Kutubiyya Mosque. The painting was one of the original works of former British premier Winston Churchill.
However, the painting is now owned by the American actress who wishes to sell it out.
Churchill’s painting is also known as the Tower of Kutubiyya Mosque, with the Atlas Mountains in the background — the mountain range stretches across Northwestern African covering Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
The main focus of the Churchill’s painting is 12th-century Masjid al-Kutubiyya which is famous for its unique architecture in Islamic world.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Winston Churchill made the painting between 1939 and 1945 and came up with the idea during his visit to Morocco.
After the outbreak of World War II, Winston Churchill went to Dar es-Salaam, Morocco, to attend an important conference (Casablanca conference) of his allies, which was also attended by leaders of their allies, including France and the United States.
During his stay in Morocco, the British Prime Minister visited the historic mosque and there he made the painting of the mosque and presented it to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
After Roosevelt’s death, his son sold the painting which was then passed from one owner to another until it was received by Angelina Jolie and her former husband Brad Pitt in 2011.
The Hollywood actress is now looking to sell the painting whose auction will be held in London’s Christie’s Auction House, famous for some of the world’s rarest and most expensive paintings.