Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Your own Picasso - for 100 euros

French TV producer Peri Cochin in front of Picasso's 1914 cubist drawing Man with Opera Hat, at Sotheby's auction house in Paris (AP)

For aspiring art collectors everywhere, there is hope.

Sotheby's Paris is giving away a one million dollars (£610,000) masterpiece by Pablo Picasso for just 100 euros (£84) in an unusually affordable charity raffle on Wednesday.

The 1914 work Man in the Opera Hat, which features vivid shapes in opaque gouache paint, dates from the Spanish master's cubist period.

Raffle tickets - limited to 50,000 - have been available online since April.

The International Association for the Safeguard of Tyr owns the Picasso, and hopes to raise five million euros (£4.2 million) to protect the ancient Lebanese city of Tyr, a UNESCO heritage site.

The painter's grandson, Olivier Picasso, said in a statement that his grandfather, who died in 1973, would have been "amused to participate in an event like this".


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