Sotheby's announced the sale of a private modern and contemporary art collection featuring Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso pieces valued at more than $600 million, saying that was the highest estimate ever placed on any collection to come to auction.
Christie’s will hold an online-only auction of Pablo Picasso’s whimsical series of ceramics from September 10 to 22. According to the auctioneer, sales of the works have been surging behind the scenes and the event will be a great entrance for collectors, both old and new, as some estimates start as low as $1,100. The art on auction will range from plates and bowls to an array of intricate vases, all of which were made during the years 1947-1971.
“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction,” said master artist Pablo Picasso over a century ago. His words of wisdom bear a resemblance to the life and works of the most important and respected artists of the 20th century. Known for his eccentric style, using geometric shapes in human and other forms, Picasso created more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. He pioneered Cubism, an avant-garde art movement that changed the face of European painting and sculpture. Surrealism, too, influenced his style of artistic discipline.
Pablo Picasso was nothing if not prolific, experimenting with many artistic mediums over his long career. Though he's most widely recognized for his sculptures and paintings, Picasso's ceramic works are the highlight of a brand-new museum in the Japanese capital.
A long-awaited museum dedicated to Picasso and his second wife, Jacqueline Roque — which would have held the largest collection of Picasso works in the world — has been scrapped. The museum was due to open in a former convent (Couvent des Prêcheurs) in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence next year. The project was driven by Catherine Hutin-Blay, Jacqueline’s daughter, but the plans have been dropped after the city council said that negotiations had broken down with Hutin-Blay over the sale agreement.
Since the 1970s, Oslo’s modest government quarter has been dominated by a huge work of art: ‘The Fishermen,’ a concrete mural by Pablo Picasso and the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar that overlooks the district’s central square.
Works by Rembrandt, Miro and Picasso are being offered to entice life back to the auction world next week when Sotheby’s holds its first face-to-face sale since the coronavirus in London with a line-up from the Renaissance to the European Avant-Garde.