Picasso's granddaughter has 10,000 of his paintings to sell, and art investors are freaking out

Marina PicassoGetty Images/AFPMarina Picasso is selling her collection of her grandfather’s work and ‘letting go of the past.’

Earlier this year, we learned that Marina Picasso, the granddaughter of famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, planned to sell off her grandfather’s art from her private collection.

Early rumours hinted that she would be parting with seven very famous paintings as well as the villa she inherited, La Californie, which together have an estimated value of $US290 million.

But on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Marina Picasso is actually in possession of 10,000 original Picasso works that she inherited. She plans to sell them all personally — one by one — with the money going towards her philanthropic efforts.

The announcement has art investors, auctioneers, and dealers all worried — with that amount of goods flooding the market, prices for Picasso works could drop and the art world could lose out on millions of dollars.

Marina Picasso became famous in 2001 for her memoir “Picasso: My Grandfather,” in which she accused the artist of destroying her childhood. She recounts living in near-poverty while her father begged for an allowance from Picasso.

Because Picasso left no will when he died in 1973, his wife, ex-wife, four children, and eight grandchildren were forced to scramble over his estate. Marina, to her surprise, inherited a fifth of the estate, including the villa La Californie.

Marina Picasso Getty Images /Jean Christophe MagnenetMarina Picasso does not have plans to sell her villa despite an earlier report to the contrary. The estate previously served as a museum and gallery dedicated to the artist’s work.

But her new-found wealth was not enough to soften her memory of her late grandfather. In her memoir, Marina wrote that she turned around all the paintings in the villa as an act of vengeance.

She is currently in possession of 10,000 works of art by Picasso, which includes 300 paintings, according to the Times. They will be sold directly by Marina, and she will meet the clients personally in Geneva, according to an earlier report by the New York Post’s Page Six

The first work that Marina will sell is the 1935 painting “La Famille,” a rare realistic-style painting that could fetch millions.

“It’s symbolic because I was born in a great family, but it was a family that was not a family,” Marina Picasso told the Times.

Marina is also in possession of a portrait of Picasso’s first wife, titled “Portrait de femme (Olga),” which could sell for over $US60 million if she ever chose to part with it. 

Another set of famous works in her collection is the 1911 painting “Femme à la Mandoline (Mademoiselle Leonie assie)” which could sell for as much as $US60 million (pictured on the left), and a 1921 work titled “Maternité” starting at $US54 million (right). 

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