A late work by Pablo Picasso, sold for 179.36 million dollars became the painting most expensive ever auctioned and starred in a sweet night for Christie’s, the auction of the year in New York. This mature work of Picasso has been revalued after being auctioned in 1997 by 32 million, exceeding the price of Three Studies of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon triptych sold at auction in 2013 for 142.4 million dollars, which marked the record in paintings so far.

The applause at the sound of the hammer rounded a nice bid among several buyers began, sighing, with a starting price of $ 100 million and, after a long eleven minutes, managed to exceed by far the brand Bacon. Most attendees ran out to see and photograph the painting in this historic night.

The work, conducted by the Spanish painter in 1955 and with dimensions of 114 by 156.4 centimeters, is the culmination of a series of 15 paintings with the same title as a painting by the French artist Eugene Delacroix, who he became obsessed and in which he thought he saw the last of his wives, Jacqueline Roque. Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) is, like Bacon, a dialogue between two artists (Picasso and Delacroix) or even three, since it is “a kind of response to Matisse’s death, his friend and opponent “, which happened in November 1954, told Efe Ana Maria Celis, contemporary art department at Christie’s.

This painting, a tribute to the last of Picasso’s women, belonged to the collection of Victor and Sally Ganz, who acquired the entire series, and has been part of the painter’s retrospective at the MoMA in New York (1957 and 1980) in the National Gallery in London (in 1960) or the Louvre in Paris (2008 and 2009). Christie’s also auctioned two works by Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille) for 67.36 million dollars, and Femme assise (Dora Maar), for 4.3 million, bringing the Malaga painter lived a gold evening gathering, with only three works, $ 251 million.

Outside the circuit of auction sales, the most expensive painting ever sold is Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When you marry?) Of the Tahitian stage of Paul Gauguin, which was acquired in private sale to a collector of Qatar for about $ 300 million.

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