Pablo Picasso, unlike many of his peers, was quickly recognized for his unique forms, styles, and techniques in painting at a relatively young age.
During a Sotheby auction Thursday night, a 1932 portrait painted by Picasso was sold at the astronomical price of $41.5 million. Simply called "Still Life with Tulips," the painting was the highlight of a two-evening impressionist and modern art auction that also included famous works from artists Cézanne, Matisse, and Monet. The buyer of "Still Life with Tulips" only one of three individuals that made a bid on the art piece.
The famous painting depicts Picasso's mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter on a pedestal. In 2000, the painting was valued at $28.6 million. A rather peculiar painting, Picasso captured more than one subject, drawing both Marie as well as tulip flowers to the foreground. On the back of the canvas, Pablo Picasso also noted the date as well as the hours invested, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., in the painting.'
Beyond "Still Life with Tulips," the auction also featured the 1936 "Femme à la Fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)," another work featuring Picasso's mistress. An example valued at $15 to $20 million, the painting was eventually sold to a buyer for $17.2 million.
What's more, Picasso's pen, brush, and ink piece "Le Viol" was another highlight during the evening's auction. A painting from 1940, "Le Voil" was sold from the estate of George Embiricos for $13.5 million.
As stratostrophic as the weekend's auctions may seem, these paintings are hardly Picasso's most valuable artworks. Here are the top five most expensive paintings by artist Pablo Picasso ever sold:
1. Nude, Green Leaves And Bust (1932)-- $106.5 Million, May 2010 (Christie's Auction)
2. Garcon A La Pipe (1905)-- $104 Million, May 2004 (Sotheby's Auction)
3. Dora Maar Au Chat (1941)-- $95.216 million, May 2006 (Sotheby's Auction)
4. Femme Aux Bras Croises (1902)-- $55 million, November 2000 (Christies's Auction)
5. Les Noces des Pierette (1905)-- $51.3 million, November 1989 (Binoche et Godeau Auction)