Picasso Auction Results
Over the past few weeks, Art Peritus has seen several works succeed at auction.
We were especially happy to see our client’s Picasso Le hibou sculpture sell for a record price of $2,412,500 at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale. We may be biased, but we thought it was the sweetest hibou to come to auction in quite a while.
Picasso dated this owl 1953, seven years after he adopted a small owl that he lovingly named “Ubu”. Ubu had fallen from the rafters of the Musée Grimaldi in Antibes and was badly injured. Picasso fell in love with Ubu, helped heal his injured claw, and made a lifelong friend. Soon, Ubu would perch on Picasso’s finger and allow him to scratch his head – albeit with what Françoise Gilot called a characteristically “unhappy” look (Life with Picasso, New York, 1964, pp. 144-145).
Over the years, the owl would appear again and again in Picasso’s drawings, paintings, prints, and ceramics.
Art Peritus was thrilled to help bring this work to auction – and we couldn’t be happier with the results!