Tuesday, 21 June 2011

£13.5M LOVER

And here's yet another proof that the international business of art is very much thriving in these otherwise challenging times... A painting by Pablo Picasso sold for £13.5m at Christie's auction house in London tonight.

Jeune Fille Endormie (above), a portrait of the Spanish artist's lover Marie-Therese Walter, completed in 1935, was bought by a top British dealer after what was described as "a ferocious bidding war". Picasso met Walter in Paris when she was just 17. The young model inspired some of his greatest work in the early 1930s.

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