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Painting of Picasso's pregnant lover sells for £8.5 million

06-21-2012 10:47 BJT

Spanish modernist painter Pablo Picasso's 1949 work "Femme Assise" topped the public lots at Christie’s in London on June 21, selling for over £8.5 million.

"Femme assise" by Pablo Picasso.

The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Christie's reaped £92,583,550 ($145,541,340, 114,618,435 euros) in total with "Femme Assise",  a rendering of the Spanish artist’s lover Francoise Gilot while heavily pregnant with their daughter Paloma, going under the hammer for £8,553,250.

Gilot was 21 when she met Picasso, then 61, in a restaurant in the spring of 1943. The couple never married but had two children together. Their son, Claude, was born in 1947 and Paloma was born in 1949.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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