At Large  January 2, 2020  Chandra Noyes

Win this Picasso!

© Succession Picasso, Paris, 2019

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Nature Morte, 1921. Oil on canvas.

For most of us, hanging an original Picasso in our homes is a fantasy that remains firmly out of reach. Next week, that far-fetched dream will come true for one lucky raffle winner.

For just €100, you could buy the winning ticket in an on-line raffle of an original Picasso painting. Nature Morte, a 1921 oil on canvas, has been authenticated by two of Picasso's children and is valued at over $1 million. The cubist still life of a daily newspaper and a glass sitting on a tabletop might be the perfect piece for your kitchen or living room.

© Succession Picasso, Paris, 2019

Pablo Picasso, L'Homme au Gibus, 1914. Gouache ink on paper.

The raffle is raising funds for CARE, an international NGO working to eliminate global poverty. With the proceeds, they will bring clean water access to several African nations, a resource that will change the lives of 200,000 people.

This is not the first Picasso to be offered up for a lark. In 2013, €4.8 million was raised to rehabilitate the ancient city of Tyre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Lebanon. Since then, the International Association to Save Tyre has built a handicraft village which boosts the local economy through reviving traditional crafts. The work, a 1914 drawing in gouache ink on paper, titled L'Homme au Gibus, also had an estimated value of $1 million. A lucky 25-year-old man from Pennsylvania is now its proud owner.

If you're feeling lucky, purchase your tickets on-line before the raffle takes place on January 6.

About the Author

Chandra Noyes

Chandra Noyes is Managing Editor for Art & Object.

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