Marina Picasso Sends Two of Her Grandpa’s Paintings to Auction


Pablo Picasso‘s portrait of his lover Dora Maar is one of two works from the private collection of the artist’s granddaughter Marina Picasso that are headed to the auction block at Sotheby’s June 6 Impressionist and modern sale in Paris, with the 1943 portrait leading the auction with its €2.5-3.5 million estimate ($3.27-4.58 million).

The smaller Picasso piece from Marina Picasso’s collection, the even more sparse oil and ink still life “Palette and Bull Head” (1938), comes with a pre-sale estimate of €1-1.5 million ($1.3-1.96 million). Funds from the sale of the two works will go to help support programs for troubled teens in France, including those run by Nice’s Marina Picasso Center, and to help build hospitals and orphanages for abandoned children in Vietnam.

Other highlights from the sale include a pair of bronze figures by Alberto Giacometti, one of which the artist uncharacteristically painted, as well as prized surrealist pieces by Frances Picabia, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, and Wassily Kandinsky.

The auction will mark Marina Picasso’s first time selling works from her private collection through an auction house, AFP reports, though she has previously parted with her grandfather’s works through private sales.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Pablo Picasso, “Femme assise en robe grise,” 1943. Est. €2.5-3.5 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.)