Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tête

Pablo Picasso personalized in crayon the frontispiece to Waldemar George's 1924 book about the artist. The drawing of a head seems quite simple, perhaps deceptively so. This page, now detached from the rest of the book, was sold in 2010 at Christie's South Kensington for over 2 1/2 times its high estimate.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) 
Tête 

signed 'Picasso' (lower centre) and inscribed 'pour SOCAS' (upper centre)
wax crayon on the frontispiece of the book Pablo Picasso by Waldemar George, Rome, 1924; detached from the book, unframed
7½ x 5 3/8in. (19 x 14.8cm.) 

Price Realized 

    £26,250
  • ($42,420)
  • Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.
Estimate
    £7,000 - £10,000
  • ($11,186 - $15,980)

Sale Information

11 November 2010 
London, South Kensington

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) 
Tête 

Note:  My post on Picasso's Notre Dame is here.

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2 comments:

  1. What a shame that the page was severed from the book...

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    1. I assume a previous owner wished to display it.

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