The only painting that Winston Churchill painted during the Second World War was auctioned on Monday for 7 million British pounds (about 8.12 million euros).

Auction house Christie's had counted on a profit of between 1.5 and 2.5 million pounds for the gift from the former British Prime Minister to the then American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque

is a view that is situated in the Moroccan Marrakesh.

The oil painting that Churchill painted on canvas in January 1943 after a conference in Casablanca measures 45.7 by 61 centimeters.

Churchill (1874-1965) gave the

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque as a

present to Roosevelt (1882-1945) during the Second World War.

Shortly before that, the British Prime Minister had shown the American the view and the sunset in Marrakesh.

Roosevelt was so impressed by the view that Churchill decided to make a painting to commemorate their time together.

The new owner is unknown.

The painting with a view of the Koutoubia mosque has been in the possession of the Jolie family since 2011.

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943) by Sir Winston Churchill.

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943) by Sir Winston Churchill.

Photo: Christie's