A Picasso masterpiece unseen in public for 43 years has gone under the hammer at auctioneers Christie’s for Â£8.1m.
Tete de Femme (Jacqueline) had been expected to fetch Â£3m-Â£4m at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London.
The painting, never offered at auction before, had remained in the same collection since 1981.
Christie’s would not reveal the identity of the purchaser of the 1963 portrait of the artist’s second wife.
Jacqueline was said to have had a short neck and the artist would often “humorously” exaggerate its size in portraits.
Â£8.1 million, that’s nearly $13 million. Holy shit! I love Picasso, but…wow.