I’ll be following a few artists and art pieces from Christie’s “Looking Forward to the Past” contemporary art auction on May 11th to see how much they fetch. Pablo Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O)” has a pre-sale valuation of $140 million.
I have another version (one of A -O) of Les Femmes on Algiers which, beyond the extravagant pre-sale estimate, brought my attention to the sale in the first place.
Buste de femme (Femme à la résille) is another Picasso up for bid, but a valuation price is not available. My estimate is $60 – $70 million. It is a portrait of Dora Maar, who was Picasso’s lover and muse for nine years. Maar was a prominent photographer in the Surrealist movement and a model for Man Ray.
Dora Maar au Chat (1941) had a pre-sale estimate of $50 million and sold at Sotheby’s in 2006 to an anonymous Russian buyer for $95.2 million. It was painted as the Nazis occupied France.
Buste de femme (Femme à la résille) — $67,365,000