The joint announcement of the divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates has caused much discussion about the future of the foundation, but the fate of the masterpieces of the collection accumulated by the couple is the cause of noise, including the "Code Leicester "by Leonardo da Vinci that the Microsoft founder bought at Christie's auction in November 1994, eleven months after the wedding.
It is premature to say what will happen to the vast assets in the collection, writes "The Art Newspaper", arguing on the other hand that "three D", "death, debt and divorce" are spinning the wheels of the art market. to say death, debts and divorces.
The Gates collection is full of prestigious pieces
i: With a focus on 19th and early 20th century American art, the collection includes a Winslow Homer painting paid for $ 36 million in 1998, Childe Hassam's $ 20 million "Room of Flowers", "The Nursery" by William Merritt Chase ($ 10 million) and George Bellows' "Polo Crowd" bought anonymously for 27 million, in addition to Leonardo's codex: 72 handwritten and illustrated pages of the artist's hand that found a home in the phantasmagoric library of the Seattle mansion along with other rare books.
Apparently the Gates have come to divorce having signed a separation agreement that is supposed to avoid the bloody battles that marked the end of the marriage of other wealthy collectors. First of all, the former spouses Harry and Linda Maklowe, whose legal case involved masterpieces for 700 million dollars including nine Picassos and as many Jeff Koons as well as Alberto Giacometti's "Le Nez ': in all 165 works that three years ago Judge Laura Drager ordered to put on the market, since the two were unable to agree on the value of the individual pieces.