$62 million for one painting
Oprah Winfrey purchased a work of art by Austrian ace Gustav Klimt for $87.9 million, the closeout record for a Klimt painting. Astute move. The previous summer, she sold the “Representation of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” for $150 million and made a clean benefit of about $62 million, reports Bloomberg.
The 1912 painting portrays the spouse of a Vienna workmanship benefactor, and Winfrey had advanced it to Museum of Modern Art in New York City, per Bloomberg. While in plain view there, it obviously got the consideration of the unidentified Chinese benefactor who paid the new cost.
The artistic creation now hangs at the Neue Galerie in New York, where it is to be in plain view until September. What its present proprietor arrangements to do with the composition after that time is unverifiable, however Hyperallergic notes it might be escaped general visibility.
Oprah Winfrey is said to be a genuine craftsmanship authority.
Oprah Winfrey is said to be a genuine craftsmanship authority. (Photograph: Steve Granitz, WireImage)
Both the “Representation of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” and Klimt’s better-known “Picture of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” in gold from 1907 were plundered by Nazis and just came back to Bloch-Bauer’s beneficiaries in 2006. (The fight in court is told in the Helen Mirren film Woman in Gold.)
The Hollywood Reporter takes note of that Winfrey is known to be a genuine workmanship gatherer, however subtle elements of what she claims are sparse.