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World masterpieces go under the hammer: a sale for hundreds of millions

Yesterday at Sotheby's auction in New York endedtrades on which part of the collection of Paul and Rachel Mellon was sold. Many world-famous masterpieces went under the hammer at a price much higher than their estimated value. And this news did not come as a surprise. Billionaire and philanthropist, breeder of racehorses Paul Mellon (Paul Mellon) began to collect his collection of works of art as early as 1920 and replenished it until his death in 1999. His widow, Rachel Lambert Mellon, by the way, was close friends with Jacqueline Kennedy, died in March of this year at the age of 103 years. At this point the collection included more than two thousand items and was previously estimated by experts at $ 100 million. In recent years, Rachel Mellon has already put up for sale part of the huge legacy of the Mellon clan, including a luxury villa in the Caribbean, considered one of the most beautiful estates in the world. Recently, from 10 to 23 November, 43 items from the family collection were put up for auction, among them the paintings of the master of abstract expressionism Mark Rothko, the works of Richard Diebenkorn from the series "Ocean Park", a picture of Pablo Picasso (Pablo Picasso) "The Beach", the works of French impressionists Camille Pissarro and Georges Seurat, a bronze table created by Diego Giacometti, as well as the unique family jewelry of the Mellon family, including a suspension with a blue pear-shaped diamond at 9.75 carats, ornaments Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. The total amount received at the auction amounted to 158,737,250 dollars. Many lots were sold above their estimated value. For example, the picture of Mark Rothko "Yellow, orange, yellow, light orange", estimated at 20 000 000 - 30 000 000 dollars, was purchased for 36 565 000 dollars. His "Untitled" painting at an estimated cost of $ 15,000,000 - $ 20,000,000 was sold for a record $ 39,925,000. For the table "Two Birds" by Diego Giacometti, which experts estimated at 150,000 - 200,000 dollars, the buyer laid out 1,445,000 dollars. We can say that the grandiose event in the field of culture took place, the works of art once again grew in price, simultaneously gaining new owners. By the way, part of the money raised at the auction will be sent to the charitable foundation named after Gerard Lambert, which was founded by Rachel Mellon in memory of his father. nytimes.com/

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