Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for record £8.2million

A PAINTING thought to be the only one completed during World War Two by Sir Winston Churchill has sold for £8,285,000 — a record for a work by him.

The PM painted Tower Of The Koutoubia Mosque in 1943 after the Casablanca Conference.

The landscape was gifted to US President Franklin D Roosevelt, as a memento of the men's visit there following the Casablanca Conference of 1943.

Sold by actress Angelina Jolie, the Marrakech scene was expected to make up to £2.5million at London auction house Christie’s yesterday.

Christie's previously said Sir Winston created around 45 paintings depicting Moroccan landscapes after he was encouraged to visit the country by his art tutor Sir John Lavery.

However Tower Of The Koutoubia Mosque is the only painting the wartime leader created between 1939 and 1945, according to the auction house.

Throughout his life Sir Winston produced hundreds of canvases and his work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy.

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