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Auction record smashed for Spanish cubist artist Gris

Published on Feb 5, 2014 6:38 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Juan Gris's Cubist still life Nature Morte a la Nappe a Carreaux (The Checked Tablecloth) sold for 34.8 million pounds (S$72.7 million) at a London sale Tuesday, smashing the auction record for the Spanish artist.

The 1915 work portrays a pile of objects - including a bunch of grapes and a newspaper - on a checked tablecloth.

It smashed pre-sale estimates of 12-18 million pounds, fetching almost double the previous record for a Gris work at auction.

That was achieved in 2010 when his 1913 painting of a violin and a guitar sold for US$28.6 million (S$36.5 million) in New York.

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