Churchill’s 1943 painting of Moroccan mosque sold for $11.5 million
The painting of a famous mosque in Morocco created in 1943 has been sold at an auction in London for $11.5 million (8.3 million pounds) .
Former British prime minister Winston Churchill painted the Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque, the fourth largest mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco.
He gifted the painting to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who also attended the Casablanca Conference.
The painting sold at Christie’s auction house in London for 8,285,000 pounds ($11,590,715). The pre-sale estimate was 1.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds, and the previous record price for a Churchill painting was just under 1.8 million pounds.
“Churchill, who took up painting in his forties, first visited Morocco in 1935 and painted around 45 pictures of the country,” said Nick Orchard, head of modern British art at Christie's.
"Churchill first visited Morocco in 1935 where he fell in love with the quality of light there," Orchard said. "He felt that his paintings of the country were among his best."
Mosques are the most important buildings in every city and village in Islamic countries. These religious landmarks have always had a significant role in the lives of Muslims.
In addition to being a place of prayer and worship, mosques provide various social, educational, political and marital services for their communities.