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Paintings and sculptures from the collection of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen auctioned for a historic $1 billion on Wednesday, auction house Christie’s said, with records set for works by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat and Klimt.

Late Wednesday evening, five paintings entered the closed club of works of art sold for more than $100 million at auction, the New York auction house said.

The most expensive work of art of the evening, Georges Seurat’s 1888 work “Les Poseuses, Ensemble (petite version)”, a renowned work of pointillism, went for $149.24 million, including fees , according to Christie’s.

The auction house had announced that all profits would be donated to charity, AFP said.

While only 60 of the 150 lots sold on Wednesday, with the rest set to go to auction on Thursday, the value of the collection has already surpassed the previous record for the Macklowe collection, named after a wealthy New York couple, who grossed $922 million at the competitor. Sotheby’s earlier this spring.

The two-day sale in New York came as experts say the super rich see art as a safe investment this year amid a tumultuous global economy and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Allen made his fortune setting up the PC operating system with his better-known Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, in 1975.

He amassed a huge collection of art which he used to loan to museums before his death in 2018 at the age of 65.

Allen left Microsoft in 1983, due to health problems and a deterioration in relations with Gates, who remained at the helm of the company until 2000.

Despite their strained friendship, Allen has signed Gates’ “Giving Pledge” campaign and all proceeds from the auction are to be donated to charitable causes.

At auction on Wednesday, French painter Paul Cézanne’s “La Montagne Sainte-Victoire” fetched $137.8 million, nearly double the artist’s auction record.

A work by Vincent Van Gogh, “Orchard with Cypresses”, broke the Dutch artist’s previous record, bringing in $117.2 million.

A painting from Paul Gauguin’s Tahitian period, “Maternity II,” fetched $105.7 million.

“The Birch Forest” by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt brought in $104.6 million.

Another 95 works from Allen’s collection will go on sale Thursday.