Sep 13, 2017
By Michael Kramer
An extremely rare portrait of Picasso’s paramour Jacqueline Roque will be auctioned for the first time ever – with an estimated price of up to $30 million.
Christie’s will offer “Femme accroupie (Jacqueline)” at a November 13th sale in New York sale.
Picasso painted the work in October 1954 – and it hung for years in his private collection.
Christie’s global president, Jussi Pylkkanen describes the work as “a museum-quality painting” of “one of Picasso’s most elegant muses.”
Roque was married to the artist from 1961 until his death in 1973.
The painting comes from a private collection – and Christie’s predicts it will fetch $20 to $30 million.
The painting will be on public display at Christie’s London showroom – from Saturday until Tuesday.