Marina Picasso’s collection of unique ceramics by her grandfather were 100% sold at Sotheby’s today for an estimate beating £12.3m ($19.3m.) Here’s some of Sotheby’s press release on the sale:
The ‘White Glove’, 100% sold, auction saw 87% of lots achieving prices above their high estimates.
James Mackie, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art specialist, said: “Today’s auction of unique Picasso ceramics was a landmark moment for sales of the artist’s work, setting a new benchmark for this medium. […] Unlike Picasso’s editioned ceramics, each work is truly a one-off and this is why we saw such a fevered demand from collectors.”
The collection comprised 126 lots, spanning examples from 1947-48 through to the late 1960s, and encompassing hand-painted plates, vases and tiles, to hand-modelled figures and more sculptural pieces.