The art market is always fascinating. Reading the list of the highest known prices paid for paintings gives us pleasure, passion and thrill, just like a detective story!
The current world record price is approximately $450 million paid for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in November 2017. But how about the artist who’s widely considered one of the greatest and most influential painter of the 20th century and the creator of cubism?
Yes, we are talking about Pablo Ruiz y Picasso. His Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) will be offered by Sotheby’s in its Impressionist and Modern art evening auction in London this evening, 28 February. The painting is likely to be the evening’s top lot, with an estimated £36.5m ($50m) price tag.
The overall record for a Picasso was set in 2015 with the sale of the 1955 painting Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) for $179.4 million at Christie’s while Picasso’s Femme Assise, painted in the summer of 1909 — when the artist traveled to the remote Spanish village of Horta de Ebro, which could only be reached by mule — sold for $63.7 million at Sotheby’s in London in 2016, making it the most expensive Cubist painting ever sold at auction.
Let’s see if this will remain an unbeaten record! Losingmyhairinmayfair will be there for you to experience the thrill of the auction!