Famous couples, their divorces and involved art.

August 8, 2017

A high-profile Hollywood divorce has potential art world consequences.

The art of divorce and art that ends up in division of assets… While the world is wondering how the famous Russian power couple Roman Abramovic and Dasha Zhukova will divide their assets. We have a look at some examples of art collections involved in division of assets from the past.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt artworks estimated to be worth $25 million. When Jolie and Pitt got married in 2014, though they didn’t have grand and high-profile wedding ceremony. They received valuable wedding presents including “Hope” series paintings by British street artist Dom Pattinson. Their collection also includes a Banksy. The couple also had close contact with many artists and often invited them to their house to teach their children fine arts. It is still not know how the collection was divided. Although now that Pitt is channelling divorce emotions into his own art we think he’ll be okay.

Johnny Depp auctioned off his multi-million dollar collection of Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings amid what seems to have been an expensive divorce with Amber Heard.

Billionaire George Soros’ son Robert, who has been married for 24 years and filed for divorce in May 2014. He was obliged to share his $22 million contemporary art collection with his estranged wife as part of their messy divorce settlement.

Divorcing billionaire Harry Macklowe has argued in his split of his wife of 58 years, Linda Macklowe, that he has paid for every single artwork in their collection, which is reportedly worth $ 1 billion. Somehow though, he also admitted to not owning a single work from the collection – a Roy Lichtenstein painting that went up for auction at Christie’s for about $ 35 million. So much intrigue!

While expensive divorce seems to be trending these days, here you can read about the most famous couples of the art world in the 21st century, some of whom even stayed together.

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