The Most Expensive Picasso Painting: In New York auction house, Picasso painting sells for $103 million.
Pablo Picasso’s “Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese)” sold Thursday for $103.4 million at Christie’s in New York, the auction house said.
This painting completed in 1932, was sold after 19 minutes of bidding for $90 million, which rose to $103.4 million when fees and commissions were added, Christie’s said.
Christie’s had estimated the painting would sell for $55 million.
The sale confirms the vitality of the art market despite the Covid-19 pandemic — but also the special status of Picasso, who was born in 1881 and died in 1973.
One Of The Most Expensive Picasso Painting “Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese)” Sold In New York’s Christie’s Auction
The generally good performance of Thursday’s auctions, totalling $481 million, “signals a real return to normal and also a message that the art market is really back on track,” said Bonnie Brennan, president of Christie’s America.
The painting, depicting Picasso’s young mistress and muse, Marie-Therese Walter, was acquired only eight years ago at a London sale for 28.6 million pounds (about $44.8 million), less than half the price offered Thursday.
Five works by the Spanish painter have crossed the threshold of $100 million.
Even before the sale of “Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese)”, The Spanish painter was already alone at the top of this very exclusive club with four paintings, including “Women of Algiers”, which holds the Most Expensive Paintings Of Picasso Ever, at $179.4 million in 2015.
This is the first time in two years that a work has broken the $100 million mark since an 1890 Claude Monet “Meules” painting reached $110.7 million at Sotheby’s, also in New York.
On Tuesday, the painting “In This Case” by the American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $93.1 million at Christie’s in the first of the major spring sales, one of the two most important events in the auction world.
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