Will you give me five?
February 5, 2010 10:33 AM   Subscribe

While Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme (Jacqueline) is clearly no L’Homme qui marche I, Tête de femme was recently sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for £8,105,250. Let's go to the videotape (5:53). And oh, for staying on top of things while jet-setting, there is indeed an app for that.
posted by R. Mutt (8 comments total)
Say what you will about the man, but nobody EVER called him an asshole.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:53 AM on February 5, 2010 [3 favorites]

"good artists borrow, great artists steal" - me
posted by Juicy Avenger at 11:22 AM on February 5, 2010 [7 favorites]

That videotape link is fascinating. But why do they call the auction at "£7,200,000" and the text in the same link says £8,105,250?
posted by yeti at 11:26 AM on February 5, 2010

I wondered that as well. And also what on earth makes "Walking Man I" worth over $100 million.
posted by rusty at 11:29 AM on February 5, 2010

I was waiting for that moment when someone rises up and says "8 meeeeellion!" and everybody gasps. As it got closer and closer to the end of the video it was getting more and more probable. Alas.
posted by yeti at 11:38 AM on February 5, 2010

The higher price includes the "Buyer's Premium". Basically the fee, which is paid by the buyer.
posted by R. Mutt at 11:40 AM on February 5, 2010

One of Picasso's biographers described him painting Jacqueline "with a long neck, which she never had," at the beginning of their liaison. She's got a Giacommetti-long neck here.
posted by goofyfoot at 12:06 AM on February 6, 2010

rusty: "... what on earth makes "Walking Man I" worth over $100 million."

Someone willing to pay that much for it.

Was this a trick question?
posted by Joe Beese at 3:09 AM on February 8, 2010

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