Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
|French: Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur|
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||162 cm × 130 cm (64 in × 51 in)|
|Location||Private collection (Currently on long-term loan to Tate Modern)|
The painting was in the personal collection of Los Angeles art collectors Sidney and Frances Brody for nearly six decades. It sold at auction for US$106.5 million, the second highest world record price for a piece of art work sold at auction.
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is one of a series of portraits that Picasso painted of his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter from 1932. The vibrant blue and lilac canvas is more than five feet tall. It was bought by the Brodys in 1951 from Picasso's dealer and was publicly exhibited only once, in 1961, to commemorate Picasso's 80th birthday.
Frances Brody died in November 2009. On May 4, 2010, the painting was sold at Christies in New York City. Christie's won the rights to auction the collection against London-based Sotheby's. The collection as a whole was valued at over US$150 million, while the work was originally expected to earn $80 million at auction.
There were eight bidders at the auction house, while the winning bid was taken via telephone for $95 million. Including the buyer's premium, the price reached US$106.5 million. When inflation is ignored, the painting broke the record price for an art work sold at auction until it was surpassed by the selling of The Scream on May 2, 2012 for US$120 million.
- BBC News, May 5, 2010; AFP wire story, May 3, 2010.
- The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2010.
a "[The painting] come[s] from the estate of Frances Brody, a Los Angeles-based collector who filled her mid-century Modernist home with masterworks that she rarely lent to museums or showed to the public. She and her late husband, Sidney Brody, bought the painting in 1951 and only exhibited it once in the U.S., in 1961, to commemorate the artist's 80th birthday."
b "In a dogged contest at the auction house's Rockefeller Center salesroom, the bidding for Picasso's 'Nude' began at $58 million and shot up quickly, with eight bidders competing for the jewel-toned, 5-by-4-foot painting. Christie's specialist Nicholas Hall, who often advises collectors of Old Master paintings, fielded the winning bid from the unknown buyer over a telephone."
- The New York Times, March 9, 2010.
- The New York Times, May 6, 2010.
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