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Picasso 'Golden Muse' Painting Sells For Millions
A Picasso painting has fetched more than £28.5m at auction.
The impressionist's 1932 piece, Femme Assise Pres†D'une Fenetre (Woman Sitting Near A Window), is a portrait of his "golden muse" Marie-Therese Walter.
Helena Newman, from Sotheby's, said: "We are delighted that this stunning and monumental portrait, which is part of the defining series that introduced his 'golden muse' to the public eye, fetched such a strong price.
"In recent years in particular we have witnessed the remarkable allure of Picasso's portraits of Marie-Therese to collectors, with La Lecture selling for†£25m - double its pre-sale estimate - in Sotheby's February 2011 sale, and Nature Morte aux Tulipes selling in Sotheby's November 2012 sale for $41.5m (£26.5m).
"This particular portrait is a striking and notably modern-looking work from one of the artist's most celebrated periods."
The painting sold for £28,601,250.