Three separate portraits of three lovers of Picasso sold for a combined $68 million at a Christie’s auction in London last night.The highlight of the sale, a portrait of Dora Maar called Femme assise, robe bleue, was purchased by Dimitris Mavromatis, a Greek art buyer, for $29.1 million. It had been expected to go for between $6.5 and $12.8 million.
An intimate portrait of Picasso’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter sold for $21.9 million to an anonymous bidder, and Buste de Françoise, a painting of Françoise Gilot, an author and artist who bore two of Picasso’s children, went for $17.3 million.
All told, the sale of Impressionist and Modern art brought in $227 million to the auction house.
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