A rarely seen painting by Pablo Picasso has been sold for almost £13.5m at Christie’s auction house in London, exceeding expectations.
Jeune Fille Endormie (1935), a portrait of the Spanish artist’s lover, had been estimated to sell for £9m-12m. The painting was donated to the University of Sydney, provided the establishment used money from the sale for scientific research.
Giovanna Bertazzoni from Christie’s said the piece was an “absolute jewel”.
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