Sotheby's presents 'Picasso in Private Hands' auction

Simone Says

Simone Says

2016-01-08 16:56:39

Sotheby's has announced details of a very special auction entitled 'Picasso in Private Hands', featuring a collection of artworks owned by the artist's granddaughter Marina Picasso.

The sale in London on February 5 will feature rare works on paper, ceramics and terracotta sculpture by Pablo Picasso that remained in his studio throughout his lifetime, and eventually passed down through his family.

The auction is expected to achieve $10.5-$14.8 million, with estimates ranging from £4,000 to £180,000.

Highlights from the sale will be displayed at Sotheby's in New York on January 13-17, before a full exhibition in London from January 28 until February 4.

“This wonderful collection presents an intimate view of the artist in his moments of creation, as though we are standing at Picasso’s shoulder, able to observe his creative process as he reinvented himself as an artist over and over again," said Helena Newman, Co-Head of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide.

"Picasso’s drawings and unique ceramics allow one to get right up close to the artist at the very genesis of the development of many of his core elemental themes.”

Amongst the leading works on paper are the pen and ink sketch 'Chevalier picador dans l'arène', executed in March 1951 and estimated at $179,000-$269,000; 'Nature morte aux fruits', a collage and charcoal on paper dating from November 1945 and estimated at $152,228-$228,000; and the pen on paper cut-out 'Visage de femme', estimated at $269,000-$373,000.

Highlights from the ceramics and sculpture section include the unique hand-painted and glazed plate, 'Visage, masque, soleil', dated May 1957 and valued at $74,500-$105,000; and the unique plaster sculpture 'Femme debout', made in 1945 and estimated at $74,500-$105,000.

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