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Pablo Picasso's Les Femmes d'algar sold for an incredible $160 million, ($179 million including fees.) following a long bid. Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen thanked the bidders and the audience for their sustained attention before the final bid was called.

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Les Femmes d'algar, one of Picasso's most important works and was expected to beat the previous record set by Francis Bacon's triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which sold at Christie's, New York for $142.4 million in 2013.

15 versions of Les Femmes d'Alger, which inspired by the French master Eugene Delacroix, were painted. The piece was a tribute to Picasso's contemporary and friend Henri Matisse, who passed away in 1954. This version was the fifteenth and final version. Picasso created the piece in 2 months and made over 100 studies.


Carl Larsson