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Picasso painting fetches $40.7 million at London auction
|Written by Associated Press|
|Wednesday, 09 February 2011 10:21|
LONDON (AP) — A Pablo Picasso painting depicting his young lover Marie-Therese Walter has sold for 25.2 million pounds ($40.7 million) at a London auction held on Feb. 8.
Sotheby's says the 1932 painting, called La Lecture, was bought by an anonymous buyer over the phone after some six minutes of heated contest among bidders.
The painting was expected to fetch up to 18 million pounds ($28.9 million). The picture's selling price Tuesday included a buyer's premium of 2.7 million pounds ($4.3 million).
The artwork shows Walter, Picasso's mistress and model for several paintings, asleep in an armchair.
Walter was 17 when she met Picasso. She later had a daughter, Maya, with the artist.
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