Sotheby’s is conducting a 10-day online auction ‘The world of Picasso’, which started on June 8 and will end on June 18. The auction features over 200 of his works out of which around 60 are from his granddaughter Marina Picasso’s personal collection. These works include Cubist sketches, experimental portraits of Jacqueline, his muse and second wife, and preserved relics from his era.
Grand vase aux femmes nues (A. R. 115)
This ceramic vase partially painted with the Madoura and Empreinte has Originale de Picasso stamps. Created in 1950, it was gifted to Arthur Rubinstein, Geneva. The estimated price is 350,000 GBP to 600,000 GBP.
Created in 1900, this masterpiece makes use of pastel colour and charcoal. Picasso’s sign is visible on the upper right corner. The starting bid is 350,000 GBP. Whereas, the estimate is 400,000 – 600,000 GBP.
Executed on August 1, 1993, this piece is a harmonious blend of pen, ink, and brush on paper. It was signed by Picasso and is dated 1er Aôut XXXIII. Cannes in the lower centre is inscribed. Like the first two pieces, the bid starts at 350,000 GBP and is estimated to be between 400,000 – 600,000 GBP.
L’entrée aux arènes
Made in 1900, this piece makes use of pastel on board. It features his sign as P. Ruiz Picasso on the lower left. The estimate price for this piece is 222,000 GBP to 360,000 GBP.
Étude de mains
Executed in 1919, this charcoal and crayon on paper sketch has been exhibited at many locations in the past and is one of the pieces acquired from Marina Picasso’s personal collection. Estimate – 70,000 GBP to 120,000 GBP.
Le Poussin (Baer 214)
Created in 1970, this is a woodcut printed by hand in dark and bright blue gouache. Picasso grew up with an intense fondness for birds because his father was a pigeon breeder. It gave him the inspiration for this piece. It was proposed for Apollinaire’s Le Bestiaire. Estimate – 26,000 GBP to 50,000 GBP.
Le Corsage À Carreaux (B. 601; M.175)
This piece was executed by Picasso after he became interested in grease based printmaking technique, Lithography. It is signed in pencil and numbered 13/50, dated 26.3.49. Estimate – 28,000 GBP to 50,000 GBP.
Portrait De Jacqueline Au Fauteuil (BA. 1054; PP. L-033)
Executed in 1958, this impression of Jacqueline by Picasso is a rare linoleum cut printed in red and yellow. It is one of the few impressions recorded by Baer. The bid starts at 30,000 GBP. Estimated Bid is 35,000 – 45,000 GBP.
Pablo Picasso at the door of his sculpture studio Le Fournas, Vallauris’, 1953
Edward Quinn, a photographer took this shot of Picasso near his sculpture studio back in 1953. This photograph has a vintage silver print and the photographer’s copyright stamp in ink on the verso. Estimate – 1,800 GBP to 3,000 GBP.
Visage Au Nez Noir (A. R. 609)
Picasso became fascinated by colourful ceramics and so, he began designing them. This vessel dates back to 1969 and is numbered 95/200. It is a form of Madoura pottery and contains edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Estimate -14,000 GBP to 20,000 GBP.