Billionaire real estate developer Harry Macklowe is reportedly the seller of a Lichtenstein painting set to go up for auction next week at Christie’s with an estimated price tag between $25 million to $35 million.
Macklowe is currently in the midst of a heavily publicized (and very nasty) divorce from his wife of 58 years, Linda. The couple’s assets are estimated to be around $2 billion, and Harry claims he offered Linda $1 billion to settle the divorce out-of-court. She declined his offer, and served him with divorce papers instead (the couple has no prenup and Linda recently discovered Harry had been keeping his mistress in one of his buildings).
Per Page Six, Macklowe actually bought the painting from his mistresses’ estranged husband. The Macklowe’s art collection alone is estimated to be worth about $1 billion.
According to Christie’s, the Lichtenstein painting, called “Red and White Brushstrokes,” “belongs to one of the most significant series from Lichtenstein’s long and prolific career, and is one of only a handful of the 14 works from this pivotal series to remain in private hands.” [NYP]