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Picasso’s “golden muse” masterwork, Woman with a Watch, sells for £113 million.

According to Sotheby’s, a 1932 Pablo Picasso masterwork sold for $139 million (£113 million), the second-highest price the artist has ever received.

The painting “Femme a la Montre” (Woman with a Watch) has become the highest-priced artwork sold at an auction this year. It depicts Marie-Therese Walter, a French model and lover of Pablo Picasso, who served as a muse for many of his paintings.

The artwork was estimated to be worth $120 million before it went to auction. It was previously owned by art collector Emily Fisher Landau and has been purchased by an anonymous buyer.

In the painting, Walter is seated on a throne-like chair against a blue background. She was Picasso’s “golden muse,” meeting him at 17 years old while he was 45, and they entered into a secret relationship while he was still married to Olga Khokhlova, a Ukrainian ballerina.

Walter inspired numerous Picasso paintings, including “Femme Nue Couchee” (Nude Reclining Woman), which sold for $67.5 million in 2022. The most expensive Picasso painting sold at auction to date is “Les Femmes d’Alger” (Women of Algiers) for $179.3 million in 2015.

Picasso, born in Malaga in 1881, moved to Paris in 1904 and became a highly influential artist of the 20th century. He experimented with various styles and themes, notably pioneering Cubism, which depicts multiple perspectives simultaneously. Throughout his career, he created around 150,000 pieces of art.

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He had four children and passed away in southern France in 1973 at the age of 92. Although Picasso’s artistic legacy is unquestionable, there have been recent concerns raised about his behavior, including accusations of cruelty, womanizing, and coercive actions.




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