The final total for Picasso in Private was £12,083,125, exceeding pre-sale expectations. The top lot of the auction was Visage, a unique work in bronze that sold for more than double its high estimate for £425,000. The highest price for a ceramic went to Trois visages, which achieved £305,000, while the leading work on paper, the artist's 1912 work Homme jouant au violon, sold for £257,000.
Encompassing the truly extraordinary variety of Pablo Picasso’s multi-faceted œuvre, Sotheby’s is very honoured to present this notable group of works for sale from the collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso. Offering an intimate glimpse into Picasso’s private world, the scope of the selection presented here is truly remarkable, spanning every decade of the artist’s career and covering an eclectic variety of subjects and media.
Picasso’s command over every artistic medium he turned his hand to – from ceramics to sculpture, drawing, printmaking and painting – was absolute, and the present group of works reveals the extent of his creative genius to superb effect. This auction will offer a rare and exciting opportunity for collectors and connoisseurs to acquire works by the 20th century’s most important artist with an impeccable provenance.