Picasso lover portrait sells for £28.6 mn in London. http://www.france24.com/en/20130205-picasso-lover-portrait-sells-%C2%A3286-mn-london. News : Reading.
A portrait of Picasso's lover Marie-Therese Walter sold in London for £28.6 million ($45.0 million, 33.3 million euros), Southeby's auction house said.
The portrait was colourful and curvaceous "Femme assise pres d'unefenetre" (Woman sitting by a window), painted in 1932.
"This particular portrait is a striking and notably modern-looking work from one of the artist's most celebrated periods."
Picasso met his famous muse in Paris in 1927, when she was 17 and he was 45. Their relationship was kept secret for many years because of her age and Picasso's marriage to the Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlova.
The affair was revealed in 1932 when portraits of Walter were displayed for the first time alongside other works by the Spanish master, and Khokhlovarealised there was another woman in her husband's life.
Portrait of Walter, "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust", held the record for the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction when it was bought for $106.4 million in New York in 2010.
It was ousted last May when "The Scream" by Edvard Munch sold for $119.9 million.
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