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Picasso's painting Les Femme d’Alger sold for 179.3 million US dollars

May 13, 2015 12:04 IST

Pablo Picasso's painting Les Femme d’Alger (Version O) was on 11 May 2015 sold for 179.3 million US dollars during an auction at Christie's in New York.

With this sale, this painting became the most expensive painting to be sold at an auction. Les Femme d’Alger, a 1955 painting known in English as The Women of Algiers had a pre-auction estimate of 140 million US dollars.

The previous world record for a painting sold at an auction was 142.4 million US dollars for British painter Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud.

About the painting Les Femme d’Alger

Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter and sculptor, painted a series of fifteen variations of Les Femme d’Alger painting between December 1954 and February 1955. The paintings depict Algerian women in a harem smoking a hookah.

Picasso designated the series alphabetically as versions A through O. The version sold is Version O, the last of the series.

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