Sotheby's reopens in London with an online sale exceptional dedicated to Picasso

After twelve weeks of closure due to the pandemic of novel coronavirus, the auction house Sotheby's has re-opened its doors to the public in London on Monday,

Sotheby's reopens in London with an online sale exceptional dedicated to Picasso

After twelve weeks of closure due to the pandemic of novel coronavirus, the auction house Sotheby's has re-opened its doors to the public in London on Monday, before an exceptional sale devoted to Pablo Picasso, which will take place online only, until June 18.

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protection Mask on the face, only a few fans came to admire the 700 works that will be sold at the next auction, in this day of re-opening for businesses "non-essential" in the United Kingdom.

Among them, a plethora of creations of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso(1881-1973): more than 200 paintings, drawings, ceramics and even pallets used to run well known paintings, visible until Thursday, before their auction online.

Palette of Pablo Picasso estimated to be between 4000 and 6000 pounds (about 4450 and 6675 euros) at Sotheby's

It is a sale is "unusual", explains to the AFP Helena Newman, chair of Sotheby's Europe, because of the variegated provenance of the works. More than 60 are from the personal collection of the granddaughter of the artist, Marina Picasso, the rest from collectors in various.

The idea, new to this company, established in 1744, is born in full containment at the end of march. "Due to the postponement of the main auction the fact of the Covid-19, we were still discussing how to add to sales that would walk in a straight line".

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Drawing ink and brush, The voyeur is estimated to be between 400,000 and 600,000 books (445.000 to 667.000 euro). A photograph of Pablo Picasso sitting at a table with the fingers represented by rolls, taken by Robert Doisneau in 1952, is assessed of 4,000 to 6,000 pounds.

Only a prolific artist such as the cubist Malaga could give rise to a sale also varied, with works ranging from 1900 to 1972, writes Helena Newman.

Turn online

"In recent years, we have seen a demand is incredibly strong for Picasso (...), the artist with the biggest international recognition of our time," says Holly Braine, a specialist in the impressionist and modern art at Sotheby s.

The sale, which will take place totally online, like the other auctions held during the containment, marks the turn operated by the multinational organization, a pandemic will require: it has accelerated the development of digital media, such as catalogues, interactive augmented reality.

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online auctions are "a very important element of the future (...) because they allow us to reach a wider audience," says Helena Newman. It specifies that "a lot" of sales will take place only through this channel.

over the past three months, online sales of Sotheby's have exceeded $ 140 million at a hundred auctions around the world, with an increase of 34% of buyers.

But for visitors, there is nothing like seeing the works of their own eyes, even if, in this day of re-opening, they are still few in number, follow the marked trail, after compulsory use of a disinfectant.

"a Lot of people do not know" that this exhibition can be visited, analysis Insun Lee, a housewife in chinese 40 years and resident in London since three years. No date in sight for the re-opening of museums to the public, she hopes to be able to come back tomorrow, after tomorrow, all day".

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