Picasso’s oil painting sells for over $ 100 million at auction in New York – fr

Picasso’s oil painting sells for over $ 100 million at auction in New York – fr

Employees pose for a photograph with “Le pont de Trinquetaille” by Vincent van Gogh, “Femme Assise Pres d’Une Fenetre (Marie-Thérèse)” by Pablo Picasso and “Composition: No. II with yellow, red and blue” by Piet Mondrian, at Christie’s Gallery ahead of the Spring Evening Sales Season in New York, London, UK on April 22, 2021. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. / File photo

An oil painting by Pablo Picasso sold for $ 103.4 million at a Christie’s auction in New York City, breaking its pre-sale estimate of $ 55 million.

The portrait of Picasso’s French lover Marie-Therese, “Woman sitting near a window (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 since it appeared in a landmark 1932 Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern in 2018.

“It’s an incredibly iconic image. It has not been seen at auction since 2013. And the appreciation of the portraits of Marie-Thérèse, in particular from 1932, has increased a lot since that time. So it will be an exceptional award for the artist, ”said Gill.

After an intense bidding war, the Picasso was picked up by an online auctioneer in California, Christie’s said.

Thursday’s auction, which was broadcast live from Rockefeller Center, marked the Spanish painter’s fifth work to sell for more than $ 100 million.

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