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Brad Pitt confers with Eli Broad, buys a Neo Rauch painting

June 10, 2009 |  5:21 pm


Movie stars buy expensive art all the time. But how many of them seek the advice of L.A.'s collector-philanthropist extraordinaire, Eli Broad?

This week at the 40th Art Basel fair in Switzerland, Brad Pitt took some time to ponder a painting by the contemporary German artist Neo Rauch titled "Etappe," which depicts a scene at an automobile racetrack. The 1998 oil on linen work was featured at a booth by New York's David Zwirner Gallery.

Reports say that Pitt lingered in front of the painting, then walked away. He then returned in the company of Eli and Edythe Broad. The trio powwowed as passers-by took cellphone camera shots of the Hollywood actor. The threesome then walked away.

It turned out that Pitt eventually agreed to buy the painting for a reported $960,000.

This isn't the first time that Pitt has hobnobbed with an L.A. cultural titan. Several years ago, he worked as an apprentice for Frank Gehry and has more recently enlisted the starchitect's expertise on his New Orleans redevelopment project.

Click through to view a detail of the Rauch painting that soon will become part of the Pitt-Jolie residence (and possibly adorn the bedroom of Maddox, Shiloh, Zahara, etc.) ...


-- David Ng

Top photo: Brad Pitt seen recently at the Art Basel fair in Switzerland. Credit: Georgios Kefalas / EPA

Bottom photo: A detail of Neo Rauch's "Etappe" (1998). Courtesy: David Zwirner Gallery