believed to be an inmate at the Saint-Lazare asylum, was painted in 1902. The painting is one of the many Picasso works bought directly from the artist by the celebrated writer and art collector Gertrude Stein (who Picasso famously painted in 1906).
It was purchased by the American art collector Chauncey McCormick in 1936, and was sold by his relatives at a Christie’s auction in November 2000 for a price of $55 million.
3) Dora Maar au Chat (1941)
This 1941 work once again features Dora Maar, posing with a black cat sat on her shoulder.
After being sold by the Chicago collectors Leigh and Mary Block in 1963, the painting remained hidden from public view until May 2006 when it appeared at a Sotheby’s auction.
It was sold by the Gidwitz family of Chicago to an anonymous collector for a price of $95,216,000, almost doubling its pre-sale estimate of $50 million.
2) Garçon à la Pipe (1905)
This portrait of a young boy was created in 1905 during Picasso’s ‘Rose’ period, and was originally purchased in 1950 by the US ambassador to Britain John Whitney for a price of $30,000.
In May 2004 the painting was sold at auction by the Greentree Foundation, a philanthropic body founded by Whitney's wife Betsey after his death in 1982. It was sold by Sotheby’s in New York for a price of $104 million, breaking the World Record price for a painting at auction and becoming the first artwork to pass the $100 million mark.
1) Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932)
Not only his most expensive painting, this 1932 portrait of Picasso’s muse Marie-Thérèse Walter also holds the world record price for a painting sold at auction. The work was originally purchased in 1951 by the celebrated art collectors Sidney and Frances Brody, who acquired it directly from Picasso’s agent Paul Rosenberg for a price of just $19,800.
It was sold at auction by Christie’s in May 2010 for the World record price of $106.5 million.
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