A unique collection of David Rockefeller, who died in March at age 101, and his wife Peggy, who died in 1996, will be sold in New York at Christie's auction in the spring of 2018. Experts already Speculate that this could be the most valuable collection that was ever put up for auction.

Earlier in 2009, the most expensive collection presented at the auction was the collection of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, which was valued at $ 484 million.

According to reporters, Rockefeller estimated his collection at $ 700 million. Representatives Christie also expect, That the meeting will go under the hammer for $ 650-750 million However, the exact estimate of all the works submitted has not yet been announced.

"This will be the sale of the century," commented David Norman, ex-head of the International Department of Impressionism and Modernism at Sotheby's.

"Each work justifies the name of the Rockefellers. This is the perfect combination of a large historical family and a large historical collection."

The last surviving grandson of John D. Rockefeller (founder of the famous corporation Standard Oil) David Rockefeller was known for his charity. Revenue from the sale of about 2 thousand items will benefit dozens of institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The sale is especially noteworthy in that Rockefeller rarely brought work from his collection to auctions during his lifetime. The only important exception is the painting "The White Center" by Mark Rotko (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) in 1950, which went under the hammer in 2007 at Sotheby's (New York) for $ 72.84 million. For $ 10 thousand.

Rockefeller founded JPMorgan Chase Art Collection in 1959, which has about 30 thousand objects. The man also donated a collection of his parents to the Asia Society and Museum in New York. Among his extensive personal funds, estimated at 15 thousand copies, were masterpieces of impressionists, post-impressionists, American paintings, English and European furniture, Asian art, European ceramics, silver and American decorative art and furniture.