10 June 2009

Brad Pitt Splurges on an Oil Painting by German Artist Neo Rauch



Brad Pitt the art buff in aviator shades spends a cool $1m on a new canvas

By Daily Mail Reporter

Brad Pitt set camera phones a flutter as he turned up at an art exhibition in Switzerland.

And instead of using his excellent eyesight to check out the exhibits -he kept his peepers shaded by his trusty aviator shades as he viewed the exhibits at Art Basel.

But it clearly didn't affect his judgement as he spent $1 million on a new artwork to add to his collection.


Brad splashed out on Neo Rauch’s 9-foot rainbow-coloured racetrack painting Etappe.

The 1998 painting depicts a swirling view of a driver behind a red, Formula One-style race-car, with workers nearby carrying coloured hoses.

He was at the exhibition with art collector friends Eli and Edythe Broad.

Eli said Pitt hesitated about buying the painting but Eli said: 'I told him we had four Rauchs and if he didn’t buy it, we probably would.'

He then decided to buy the oil on linen Neo Rauch for just under $1million, the gallery confirmed.

Brad was spotted wearing the same gold-rimmed aviator shades and beige tweed flatcap that he wore to visit Angelina Jolie the day before on the Washington D.C. set of thriller Salt.

The Hollywood star had flown into the Swiss city on an art shopping mission, but he seemed determined to remain - unsuccessfully - incognito.

The four day art fair Art 40 Basel features more than 300 leading art galleries from all continents and contemporary art works by over 2500 artists.

Avid art and antiques collector Brad spent some time looking at the many artworks on display, including piece 'end of knowledge' - 24K gold on primed linen, 2008-2009 by US artist Jim Hodges

But in between viewing he managed to pose for pictures with some young fans.

Brad has set aside millions of dollars to add to his collection. Last year he spent $500,000 on furniture at a design exhibition in the city.

Pitt wasn't the only celebrity in town with money to spend, he was joined by billionaire art enthusiasist Roman Abramovich, Chanel's style tsar Karl Lagerfeld and model Naomi Campbell.

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