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American wins $1.26m Picasso for just $173 in online tombola

Published on Dec 19, 2013 5:55 AM
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Olivier Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s grandson, posing with the painting entitled L’Homme Au Gibus (Man With Opera Hat) on Dec 3, 2013 in New York before offering the work in a lottery to raise money to save the ancient and historical city of Tyre, Lebanon. A United States ticket-holder in a worldwide online charity raffle on Wednesday walked away with an exquisite US$1 million (S$1.26 million) Picasso after paying a mere 100 euros (S$173), Sotheby's said after organising the first-of-its-kind tombola. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A United States ticket-holder in a worldwide online charity raffle on Wednesday walked away with an exquisite US$1 million (S$1.26 million) Picasso after paying a mere 100 euros (S$173), Sotheby's said after organising the first-of-its-kind tombola.

The perfectly preserved Cubist artwork had been bought by an anonymous donor from a New York gallery and given to a charity working to save the ancient city of Tyre in southern Lebanon.

The Unesco-registered charity issued 50,000 tickets at 100 euros each for the tombola at Sotheby's in Paris, hoping to raise US$5 million.

The lucky winner in the raffle was 25-year-old Jeffrey Gonano from Pennsylvania, who works for a fire protection company.

 
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