Harry Macklowe may be secretly selling artwork amid $2B divorce
Divorcing billionaire Harry Macklowe appears to be quietly selling art worth millions to keep the money out of the clutches of his soon-to-be ex-wife, Linda Macklowe.
Harry is the top-secret seller of a Roy Lichtenstein painting that will be auctioned next week for up to $35 million at Christie’s, insiders familiar with the sale exclusively tell us.
A source further says real estate mogul Harry — who’s going through a bruising $2 billion divorce with Linda — actually bought the pricey artwork from his own French mistress’ husband and is shopping it quietly to keep the funds under the radar from art-loving Linda.
Harry and Linda are divorcing after 58 years. At stake are assets including an art collection estimated at $1 billion.
But a source tells Page Six, “Although Linda’s long been known as the art collector in the family — and the one with the talented eye — it turns out Harry has been quietly collecting on his own.”
The source said Harry is quietly the owner of Lichtenstein’s “Red and White Brushstrokes,” which goes up for sale May 17 at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York with an estimate of up to $35 million.
The source said, “While the name of the seller is being carefully concealed, art-world insiders are buzzing it belongs to Harry.”
Harry recently told reporters at divorce court, “As soon as this divorce is over, I’m getting remarried,” referring to his French mistress-turned-fiancée, Patricia Landeau.
Our source said: “Apparently, ‘Brushstrokes’ was once owned by Landeau’s husband Marc [Landeau]. Harry is thought to have purchased it from him,” but is keeping the proceeds hush-hush. (Patricia and Marc have been separated for years, we hear.)
In auction materials for the Lichtenstein piece, Christie’s says it “belongs to one of the most significant series from Lichtenstein’s long and prolific career, and is one of only a handful of the 14 works from this pivotal series to remain in private hands.
“Many of this group are now housed in major international museum collections.”
Reps for Harry and Linda did not comment.