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Les femmes d'Alger, Version O (Reflections on works by Pablo Picasso)

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Year created: 2015
The original artwork is oil painting on canvas, size 35.4x47.2 in (90x120 cm), and is available for sale. Buy original on Saatchi Art

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Pablo Picasso - Les femmes d'Alger, Version O

Pablo Picasso
"Les femmes d'Alger, Version O"

A bold and colorful painting by Pablo Picasso just became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. The piece, called "Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O')," drew massive crowds and media attention at the Christie's sales room Monday night, in anticipation of a new high-water mark in the art market. The hammer price came down at $160 million. Including the auction fees, the painting's price rang in at $179.37 million.

The cubist painting, created in 1955, was part of a special sale at Christie's called "Looking Forward to the Past." The entire lot was expected to bring in a total of more than $500 million. Les Femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') was last sold at auction in 1997 for $31.9 million. The famed collector Victor Ganz had bought the piece—along with the 14 other works in the same series—for roughly $212,000 in in 1956. Femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') is considered one of the most important Picasso masterpieces still in private hands. Among the 15-piece series, which looks back on the work of the French painter Eugene Delacroix, it is considered the best. Via

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