LONDON – Vase deux anses hautes by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) was the top lot at Bonhams’ Picassomania sale, which took place May 18 at New Bond Street, London. The ceramic work, which dated from 1952, achieved £40,620 against a pre-sale estimate of £15,000-£25,000.
The 55-lot sale made a total of £357,563 with 81% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.
Bonhams Department Director of Prints & Multiples and Head of Sale Lucia Tro Santafe commented: “From prints to ceramics, works on paper to photographs, Picassomania offered collectors and fans of the artist a chance to own works which covered the full scope of Picasso’s expansive oeuvre. We are delighted with the results of the sale, which clearly demonstrate that Picasso’s captivating creations went far beyond his distinctive paintings.”
Other highlights of the sale included Picasso’s 1939 aquatint in colors Tete de femme No 2. Portrait de Dora Maar, which realized £31,800.
Visage en forme d’Horloge, a 1956 Picasso design rendered in silver as a limited edition repousse plate by Francois and Pierre Hugo, earned £31,800.
Photographs featuring Picasso that performed well include Robert Capa’s 1948 gelatin silver print Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot, Golfe-Juan, which achieved £12,112; and Cecil Beaton’s 1965 gelatin silver print Pablo Picasso et Cecil Beaton, signed by Picasso to Beaton, which sold for £5,355.
The current rate of exchange is £1 = $1.23.
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