Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oh O...

The tale of a man and women: 1. the record has gone again. Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) [Women of Algiers] a Pablo Picasso oil painting from 1955 (14th Feb)) has set the new record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction yesterday (USD179 million or in real money GBP115 million). It was "inspired by Picasso's fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugène Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-1955 designated with the letters A to O." Not quite the sort of art I prefer here or here but incredible nonetheless. 2. In the same auction "Alberto Giacometti’s L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) sculpture sold for a hammer price of $126 million, or $141.2 million including the buyer’s premium; a new auction record for any sculpture ever sold" [Forbes]. 

Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen said "Fucking ding dong, would you Adam 'n' Eve it; the Milky Bars are on me!"...OK, he didn't really say that but I'll bet what he did say means the same thing.

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