Bring Picasso home for less than $179 million

The New York Times reported “a medley of whoops, hollers and gasps” when the gavel came down on Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O, 1955) at Christie’s Monday evening. At a final price of $179.4 million, the Picasso edged above (to the tune of $37 million) the previous art-auction record, Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud.


Clearly there were many factors in play during last night’s sale, but what is certain is that Picasso’s art-historical significance endures and there is room for plentiful new scholarship on this artist to come. A quick survey of UC Press’s list yields a bevy of fascinating books on Picasso—the most expensive of which can be added to your own shelves for a mere 0.00000033 percent of the price of Les Femmes d’Alger.

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