Famed architect IM Pei's $25m art collection to go under the hammer
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Famed architect IM Pei’s $25m art collection to go under the hammer

Eileen and IM Pei at the Musee du Louvre in 2009/2010. They were married for 72 years. Alamy The art collection of one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, IM Pei, will go on the auction block with Christie’s this autumn, a few months after he died at the age of 102. Pei balanced the clean lines of Modernism with a monumentality and gravitas that lent a stately air to the museum, commercial, and university buildings he realised. His most famous project remains that of the glass pyramids that reimagined the entrance to the Musee du Louvre in Paris; but he also designed the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha and the east wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Based in the US from 1935 onwards, after he travelled from China to study at the University of Pennsylvania, Pei built up a major collection of paintings and sculptures with his wife Eileen Pei. Eileen Pei died in 2014. Pei’s most famous project remains that of the glass pyramids that reimagined the entrance to the Musee du Louvre in Paris. Etienne Laurent/ EPA The couple held […]

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