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Painting of Picasso’s muse sold at British auction
畢卡索繆斯名畫「閱讀」 英國拍賣會售出

An undated handout picture issued on Tuesday by Sotheby’s of “La Lecture,” a major painting by Pablo Picasso depicting Marie-Therese Walter.
這張週二蘇富比提供未標明日期的照片,是巴布羅‧畢卡索的一幅重要繪畫作品「閱讀」,畫中描繪的是瑪麗─特瑞莎.華特。

Photo: EPA 照片:歐新社

A celebrated masterpiece by Pablo Picasso sold on Tuesday at Sotheby’s auction house in London for 25.2 million pounds (NT$1.2 billion), more than double its pre-auction valuation.

“La Lecture” is a work from the Spanish painter’s “annus mirabilis,” 1932, and depicts the artist’s famous muse, Marie-Therese Walter. The painting was sold for the equivalent of US$40.7 million or 29.7 million euros.

Its expected sale price was 12 million pounds.

Tuesday’s sale — which also included works by Wassily Kandinsky, Rene Magritte and Edouard Manet — fetched a total of 68.8 million pounds, according to the auction house’s website.

Seven bidders vied for the coveted Picasso work, the hammer eventually coming down after six minutes of bidding to finalize the sale to an anonymous phone buyer.

Picasso met Walter when he was 45 and she was 17 outside the Galeries Lafayette in Paris in 1927, while he was still married to Olga Khoklova.

(AFP)

週二在倫敦蘇富比拍賣會,巴布羅‧畢卡索的一幅巨作以兩千五百二十萬英鎊(約新台幣十二億元)的高價落槌,比拍賣前的預估多出兩倍。

「閱讀」(La Lecture)是西班牙繪畫大師在一九三二年「奇蹟年」(annus mirabilis)描繪他的著名繆斯女神瑪麗─特瑞莎.華特的作品。這幅畫以相當於四千零七十萬美元或兩千九百七十萬歐元的天價拍出。

原預期價為一千兩百萬英鎊。

根據拍賣公司的網站,周二的拍賣會還包含瓦西里‧康丁斯基、雷內‧馬格利特與愛德華‧馬奈的作品,一共以六千八百八十萬英鎊賣出。

有七位競標者爭相下標這幅眾所渴望的畢卡索作品,經過六分鐘激烈喊價後,由一名匿名人士透過電話出價得標定案。

當時四十五歲的畢卡索一九二七年在巴黎老佛爺百貨外邂逅十七歲的華特,當時畢卡索已婚,妻子為歐嘉‧科克洛瓦。

法新社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. vie v.

爭奪 (zheng1 duo2)

例: Therese has ten kids and they all vie for her attention, 24/7.

(泰瑞莎家有十個小孩,且全都無時無刻爭奪她的關注。)

2. finalize v.

定案 (ding4 an4)

例: We would prefer not to announce the appointment until the details have been finalized.

(我們傾向於在細節都定案後再宣布這項約定。)

3. anonymous adj.

匿名的 (ni4 ming2 de5)

例: She didn’t leave a name. I told you, it was an anonymous call.

(她並未留下大名。我說過了,這是一通匿名電話。)


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