The Madoura Collection lived up to its billing as the single most important sale dedicated to Picasso ceramics ever held when it went under the hammer at Christie’s South Kensington.
The two-day white-glove sale on June 25 and
26 greatly exceeded the pre-sale target of £1.78m-2.68m to realise
£6.5m, with many of the 543 lots fetching multi-estimate
The top lot was Grand vase aux
femmes voilées, a 2ft 1in (68cm) work conceived in 1950 and
executed in an edition of 25, which sold for £650,000 against a
This is a new world record price for a
Picasso ceramic edition at auction, breaking the previous high for
an edition of Grand vase aux danseurs, which sold in
December 2010 for €260,000 at Sotheby's Paris.
A full report will appear in next weeks
The buyer's premium was 25/20/12%.