$35 million for Picasso and Warhol
NEW YORK - Reuters
Picasso’s ‘Nature morte aux tulipes’ is one of the highlights of the auction. REUTERS photoA 1932 portrait by Pablo Picasso of his young lover and a pioneering 3-D Andy Warhol painting of the Statue of Liberty are expected to sell for at least $35 million each, but could fetch much more when they are auctioned next month.
The two works, Picasso’s “Nature morte aux tulipes,” and Warhol’s “Statue of Liberty” will be the highlights of New York autumn sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
The Picasso masterpiece is one of several renderings of his muse Marie-Thérèse Walter and considered by art experts to be one of his most important works. It carries a pre-sale estimate from $35 million to up to $50 million ahead of the Nov. 5 sale at Sotheby’s. “Nature morte aux tulipes is exceptional within the series for its double-meditation on this subject, demonstrating the influence of Surrealism on his output: the artist builds a sculpture of Marie-Thérèse, and then paints that sculpture as a sexually-charged still life, allowing him to dissect her form on many levels,” he added in a statement.
“Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur” a 1932 painting of Marie-Thérèse was sold to anonymous buyer at a 2010 auction for $106.5 million.