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Good news for all art collectors in the world with millions of dollars to spare: Paul Allen’s art collection is up for grabs. By the New York Time, the upcoming sale of the late Microsoft co-founder’s vast collection is set to be the biggest art auction ever, given his collection is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. All proceeds will be donated to charity, as Allen requested before his death in 2018. Christie’s auction house will sell over 150 works of art, including masterpieces by Monet, Renoir and Botticelli. Although no date has been set, the auction is expected to take place in November. “This is a major event for the art market and for the art world”, declared Guillaume Cerutti, managing director of Christie’s. Time. “The fact that it embraces five centuries of great art – from Botticelli to David Hockney, including of course the very inspiring figure of Paul Allen, in addition to the fact that the sale is dedicated to philanthropy – we are truly moved by this extraordinary project that we are on. It is something very special. Allen, who started Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, has frequently loaned his pieces to museums and galleries. In 2015, he created the Seattle Art Fair as part of his passion for showcasing art.”To live with these works of art is truly amazing,” Allen told Bloomberg at the time. “I think you should share some of the works for give the public a chance to see them.”