Author Jeffrey Archer to Auction Works of Art from His Collection at Christie’s in June

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LONDON (REUTERS).- British author and former parliamentarian Jeffrey Archer expects to raise over 5 million pounds ($8 million) when he sells works from his art collection including paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. “I recently celebrated my 70th birthday — an event which prompts a certain degree of thought and realization. As a result, I have begun to restructure my art collection with a view to the future,” Archer said in a statement. The auction, at Christie’s in London on June 28, will comprise around 150 items including a portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Warhol valued at 100-150,000 pounds and a Monet landscape worth an estimated 800,000-1.2 million pounds. On June 27, best-selling author and amateur auctioneer Archer will appear at a separate charity sale at which he will offer around 20 mementos, collectibles and works