Brad Pitt splashes out €710,000 for Neo Rauch painting

A piece of German art has found its way into Brad Pitt’s home: The actor bought Neo Rauch's "Etappe" for €710,000 at Art Basel.

Brad Pitt splashes out €710,000 for Neo Rauch painting
Not the painting Brad bought. Photo: DPA

“Etappe” (“Stage”) by Leipzig artist Neo Rauch was snapped up by the Hollywood star at the Art Basel art fair in Basel, Switzerland.

The actor showed up to the event, disguised in a beard, tweed cap and sunglasses. He lingered before the 1998 painting and only bought it after some nudging from art experts Eli and Edythe Broad.

“I told him we had four Rauchs and if he didn’t buy it, we probably would,” Eli Broad told The Wall Street Journal.

The 2×3 metre oil painting depicts a birightly coloured Formula-1 car pit. It is described as “enigmatic and dream-like” by New York dealer David Zwirner, who sold the painting to the actor. Rauch is considered one of Europe’s leading painters.

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