Skip to comments.A Pablo Picasso oil painting sells for over $100 million at a New York auction
Posted on 05/16/2021 1:46:36 AM PDT by nickcarraway
An oil painting by Pablo Picasso sold for $103.4 million at a Christie's auction in New York, smashing its presale estimate of $55 million.
The portrait of Picasso's French lover Marie-Therese, "Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)", or 'Woman sitting near a window,' led the '20th Century Evening Sale' on Thursday.
Keith Gill, head of the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Christie's London, said the work may be familiar to art lovers from its appearance at a landmark Picasso 1932 exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2018.
"It's an incredibly iconic image. It hasn't been seen up at auction since 2013. And the appreciation of Marie-Therese portraits, particularly from 1932, has very much grown since that time.
pablo2 A gallery worker poses alongside an artwork by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso during a photocall at Christie’s auction house in central London.
So this will be a stand-out price for the artist," said Gill.
After an intense bidding war, the Picasso was snapped up by an online bidder in California, Christie's said.
Thursday's auction, which was streamed live from the Rockefeller Center, marked the fifth work by the Spanish painter to have sold for more than $100 million.
People who have way too much money ...
That includes Bezos of Amazon with 191 BILLION IN ASSETS. While I'm a capitalist, that amount of money is just obscene if you don't do some real good with it. Then you have Facebook Suckerburg and the Twitter bearded idiot and Gates. The more money they make the more power they want.
They could all live their lavish lifestyles on a couple Billion and do some real good with the rest.
the only good thing is the seller and his or her relatives will probably spread that money around more than the buyer would have
i know what i’d do with that money
i’d deal with this country’s enemies
I guess I'm just not sophisticated enough.
This was me. I’m very happy with my purchase.
The emperor has no clothes.
Picasso himself said that most of what he made was garbage.
One of the largest ranches in Montana just sold for 136 million.
Just think of al the walking you could do on that.
Instead of staring at a bad painting.
If I saw that at a garage sale for ten bucks, I might consider buying it to salvage the frame. Hang it up in my home? Never!
It ain’t a Botticelli...nose and thighs are too big...
After looking at a view of the painting, I’d have to say that Picasso was right...save your money. A grade school kid could do as well. The difference would be that his name wasn’t Picasso. I guess a high-rated(but otherwise worthless)painting is what some other sucker will pay for it. Looking at the situation in an honest manner...if this painting were destroyed what would the world be missing out on?
He foresaw the figure of the average American woman .
I would not pay $2.00 for that thing. It is hideous! It looks like a cartoon. I would not hang it in my house. Picasso must be laughing looking back at how gullible people can be.
The prolific Picasso bought utility-grade oil paint in 55 gallon drums and printed the world's very first cryptocurrency. Think of it that way.
I disagree. It looks just like something I did in Kindergarten, and my mommy hung it on her refrigerator for years and years. She said it was beautiful. So there.
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