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Picasso lover portrait sells $56m in London

Published on Feb 6, 2013 5:53 AM
 
In this file picture taken on Jan 31, 2013, a visitor views a painting entitled Femme Assise Pres D'une Fenetre (A Woman Sitting By A Window) by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso at Sotheby's auction house in central London. It was sold to an unnamed telephone buyer in London on Tuesday for 28.6 million pounds (S$56 million), Southeby's auction house said.-- PHOTO : AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A portrait of Picasso's lover Marie-Therese Walter sold in London on Tuesday for 28.6 million pounds (S$56 million), Southeby's auction house said.

The colourful and curvaceous Femme Assise Pres D'une Fenetre (Woman Sitting By A Window), painted in 1932, was sold at a crowded salesroom to an unnamed telephone buyer, a Sotheby's spokesman said.

It had been expected to go under the hammer for between 25 million pounds and 35 million pounds.

"We are delighted that this stunning and monumental portrait, which is part f the defining series that introduced his 'golden muse' to the public eye, fetched such a strong price," said Ms Helena Newman, chairman of Sotheby's impressionist and modern art department in Europe.

 
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