3 Picasso sketches top $43,000 at Bloomington Auction Gallery

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Three sketches by Pablo Picasso sold Friday at Bloomington Auction Gallery through LiveAuctioneers for $43,200 inclusive of buyer’s premium.

The artwork sold to an Internet bidder in less than two minutes at Bloomington Auction Gallery’s annual after-Thanksgiving estate auction.

The sketches – on yellowing paper with tattered edges – were fragments of a dust cover for the 1954 French book, Picasso and The Human Comedy.

“The sketches were drawn on the inside and flap of the dust jacket,” said auctioneer Jason Penny. “The provenance is the art was drawn for a personal friend. The sketches came from London and were acquired by a friend in America.”

The freehand ink drawings show Picasso’s wife, Olga; a flute player and a woman; and a male nude. The portrait of Olga and the flute player and woman both measure 14 1/4 inches by 10 3/4 inches. The male nude is 14 1/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches.

Penny said the sketches sold within estimate. He correctly predicted that most of the traffic would come online and by phone.

The names of the buyer and seller were not disclosed.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Bloomington Auction Gallery.

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